Hülkenberg breaks in the Sauber C32-2 in Jerez opening test day

Nico Hülkenberg put the first laps on the new Sauber-Ferrari on the Jerez de la Frontera circuit.

Jerez de la Frontera, 5th February 2013 - The Sauber F1 Team enjoyed a successful roll-out of the C32-Ferrari in Jerez. Nico Hülkenberg completed 79 laps without any noteworthy problems. He started the day doing some short runs and systems checks, followed by aerodynamic measurements.

Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber C32 leaves the pits
Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber C32 leaves the pits

Photo by: XPB Images

Circuit: Jerez de la Frontera / 4.428 km
Driver: Nico Hülkenberg
Weather: Sunny all day, air 6-22°C, track 7-27°C
Chassis / engine: C32-2 / Ferrari 056
Laps today: 79 laps
Fastest lap: 1:20.699 min

Tom McCullough (Head of Track Engineering) "It was a successful first day of testing for the C32 with Nico getting used to the systems and the team, as well as familiarising himself with the 2013 tyres. We also signed off a number of aerodynamic items. Overall it was really a productive day."

Nico Hülkenberg "I had a positive first day, with no major problems on the reliability side, and the cooling particularly worked well, which is a relief for the engineers. The car behaved well on this track. For me it was the usual familiarisation with the car as it was my first day in my new environment. I'm quite happy how everything went. There is obviously still a lot of work to do, but overall it was a very productive day."

What comes next Tomorrow, Nico will continue driving the C32. Esteban Gutiérrez will take over on Thursday and Friday.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nico Hulkenberg , Esteban Gutierrez
Teams Ferrari , Sauber
Article type Testing report
Tags c32-2, ferrari, jerez, mccullough, sauber