Sauber extract experience and data from diferents track conditions at Circuit of Catalunya

Wet track in Barcelona enabled Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg to get more experience with full wet and intermediate tires.

In the morning the track was wet again, and Nico used the opportunity to mainly work on the full wet and intermediate tyres. In the course of the afternoon, the track dried out for some time, which enabled him to get more experience on how to manage the dry tyres. Nico was able to complete 79 laps.

Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber C32
Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber C32

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Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering : "It was good for Nico to try the intermediate and full wet tyres in the morning. Once the track had dried out we got straight into our dry weather test plan, making the most of the reduced track time that the poor weather costs us.

We have plenty of data to analyse tonight in preparation for Esteban’s final day tomorrow. Hopefully the weather will be kinder to us for the rest of the test.

Nico Hülkenberg: "It was a difficult day with changing track conditions, and it was very windy as well. This made it very challenging to do precise testing and get perfect results, but I think we made the best out of it and gathered a lot of data which the engineers can now analyse.

I’m satisfied with the pace we had in dry conditions, however, we need to do more work on the intermediate tyres, where we have definitely more potential to exploit.“

What comes next: Tomorrow, Esteban Gutiérrez will be at the wheel of the Sauber C32 for his final day of testing before the Australian Grand Prix.

Sauber F1 Team

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nico Hulkenberg , Esteban Gutierrez
Teams Sauber
Article type Testing report
Tags gutierrez, hulkenberg, sauber