A usual Friday for the Sauber F1 Team at Buddh International Circuit

Nico Hülkenberg got 14th best lap time in today's session, while Esteban Gutiérrez showed only 17th.

It was a usual Friday for the Sauber F1 Team during the first two practice sessions at the Buddh International Circuit. While Nico Hülkenberg showed better pace, Esteban Gutiérrez was not as satisfied with his C32 today. The team was able to gather a lot of valuable tyre data and still has some work to do, especially to improve the performance on the soft tyre compound.

Nico Hülkenberg:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 9th / 1:27.770 min (19 laps) / 2nd Practice 14th / 1:27.491 min (40 laps)

Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber C32 with worn Pirelli tyres
Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber C32 with worn Pirelli tyres

Photo by: XPB Images

“Today was quite a good Friday. No big dramas, stable weather, and good running. We were able to work through the whole programme, so that was good. We collected some good tyre data, which is always most important on a Friday. Regarding the performance on the medium tyres, I’m quite happy with the car. On the soft tyre compound I think, we still need to work a bit and find better solutions for the set up. On both the low and high fuel runs it wasn’t ideal. Tomorrow I think we will be able to push for the top ten.”

Esteban Gutiérrez:
Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 04/Ferrari 056)
1st Practice: 16th / 1:28.538 min (18 laps) / 2nd Practice 17th / 1:27.949 min (34 laps)
“It was a very complicated day. We were trying to find out exactly where we stood on the track and it’s been quite challenging, because the pace is just not there, neither on the high or the low fuel. I am not happy with the way the car is handling and the way it feels. I’m not very confident at the moment. Obviously, I was trying to do my best to put everything together, but we are missing quite a lot. The most surprising thing was the lack of pace in the long runs. The degradation on the soft tyre was quite high. Also on the medium tyre I wasn’t able to find the pace. We have to look into that now and see how we can improve the car as well as myself.”

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“Today was about understanding how the tyres performed on track, and optimising the car set-up around those. It’s clear from today’s running we still have a lot of work to do on the soft tyre for low fuel performance, and also the management on a long stint. We were much happier with how the car performed on the medium tyre, especially on the longer runs, which gives us confidence for the race. Our homework for tonight is to get more out of the car with the soft tyre. Esteban struggled with the lack of overall grip today. So we need to check the car and analyse the data so that we understand where this is coming from.”

Sauber F1 Team

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