Mugello Day 1: Sauber report
1 May, 2012
May.1 (Sauber Press Release) Despite difficult weather conditions the Sauber F1 Team had quite a productive first day of testing at the Mugello circuit.
The programme for Kamui Kobayashi started on a damp track while carrying out some measurements related to the new aero package the Sauber C31-Ferrari is equipped with for this week’s test. The package includes a new front wing, new rear body work, a new diffuser and numerous other parts.
In the morning track conditions required full wet tyres, but later allowed for some base line running on intermediate tyres and even for a comparison of the new body work on a set of dry weather tyres, which were medium compound tyres that had been used at a pre-season test.
After the lunch break the weather conditions changed for the worse. Kamui managed to carry out baseline runs and did some practice starts in the wet before race control had to red flag the session due to a heavy thunderstorm shortly after 3pm. Later, when the cars were allowed out again, the Sauber F1 Team decided not to continue testing today. A lot of data will now be evaluated for tomorrow. Kamui will be at the wheel again on Wednesday and the weather forecast for then looks much improved.
Circuit: Mugello / 5.245 km
Driver: Kamui Kobayashi (JP)
Weather: Partly heavy rain, air 16-24°C, track 17-27°C
Chassis / engine: Sauber C31.04 Ferrari 056
Mileage today: 48 laps
Fastest lap: 1:24.736 min (before lunch, used medium tyres)
What comes next: Kamui Kobayashi will continue to drive tomorrow. His team mate, Sergio Pérez, is set to drive on Thursday.