28th February 2013 – Together with all the other teams, the Sauber F1 Team resumed testing today at the final pre-season test. Intermittent rain during most of the day made things difficult for both engineers and drivers. Esteban used most of the time to gain experience with the intermediate and full wet tyres. Towards the end of the session the track was drying, and he so he was able to use dry tyres. He completed a total of 92 laps.
Test in Barcelona – Day One
Circuit: Circuit de Catalunya, 4.655 km
Driver: Esteban Gutiérrez
Weather: air 8-10°C, track 9 -12°C
Chassis/engine: C32-2/Ferrari 056
Laps today: 92
Fastest lap: 1:26.574
Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering : "Until late afternoon the running was affected by intermittent rain showers. Once again our main aim was to make the most of Esteban gaining experience in these difficult and changeable conditions. As the track dried out we started our preparation for the Race Simulation that we are planning for day three when Esteban is back in the car. Hopefully his final test day before the Melbourne GP will be dry as forecast.”
Esteban Gutiérrez: "It was another positive day with a lot of laps. Unfortunately the weather changed constantly. It was important for us to work with the intermediate tyres, which seem to be the most difficult ones for us. We had to change quite a lot of things to make them work better. Personally for me it was again a good day, because I was able to gain more experience and get myself up to speed in very tricky conditions.“
What comes next: Tomorrow, Nico Hülkenberg will be at the wheel of the Sauber C32.