Sauber: We completed the most important aero tests

18 July, 2013

The second day of the Young Driver Training Test in Silverstone saw Sauber F1 Team test and reserve driver Robin Frijns on track again in the morning. Frijns coverd 17 laps carrying out aero tests. Unfortunately, a spin into the gravel ended his day slightly earlier than planned. In the afternoon Sauber F1 Team driver, Nico Hülkenberg, took over. Hülkenberg tested the new specification P Zero tyre that will be used from the Hungarian Grand Prix onwards. He added 52 laps to the day’s tally.

  • Circuit: Silverstone / 5.891 km
  • Driver morning: Robin Frijns (NL)
  • Driver afternoon: Nico Hülkenberg (DE)
  • Chassis / engine: C32.02 / Ferrari 056
  • Mileage today: 69 laps
  • Fastest lap Robin Frijns: 1:34.731 min
  • Fastest lap Nico Hülkenberg: 1:34.224 min

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering: “The initial running was again dedicated to installation laps where we were gathering aero data with test instrumentation fitted to the car. Unfortunately we lost some valuable track time due to some minor car problems, but we completed the most important aero tests in the morning. Shortly after that we started the performance runs, but Robin had a spin into the gravel in turn 7 which limited his number of timed laps. After lunch Nico got his first experience of the 2012 construction tyres with the C32 while conducting a tyre test programme for Pirelli.”

Robin Frijns: “This morning we did a lot of installation laps again. At around 12pm we finally did a performance run. After the first lap we changed the settings on the car. Following that I felt [that] the car wasn’t as balanced as before, so I spun off and that ended my day with just one flying lap.”

Nico Hülkenberg: “I had a good half day on track completing 52 laps in total. That’s not a bad effort in less than three hours. The updates on the car felt quite positive. However, it is difficult to compare that to the race weekend here, because the weather conditions were very different. Today was much hotter, and, of course, the tyres were different. Also the work on the Pirelli tyres was quite successful. I have a good feeling on them. I now I look forward to going to Budapest to see how competitive we are.”

What comes next: Tomorrow Kimiya Sato (24/JPN) will drive for the whole day and get a taste of a Formula 1 car for the very first time. (Sauber)

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