Sauber rolls out new C23

Team Sauber Petronas successfully completed the roll-out of the new C23 at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. Giancarlo Fisichella did the driving over 33 laps and completed a scheduled programme, which focused on ...

Team Sauber Petronas successfully completed the roll-out of the new C23 at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. Giancarlo Fisichella did the driving over 33 laps and completed a scheduled programme, which focused on functionality tests.

Giancarlo Fisichella.
Photo by Mark Gledhill.
"Today is my birthday and the crew surprised me with a cake. But this was not the best present I got from the team," Fisichella said. "That was the new car, which felt good on the track. I did a few runs in the afternoon and everything went well. Usually there are some problems on the day of the roll-out, but today everything was working perfectly."

"That's the most important thing at the moment. Next week we will be testing in Barcelona, like most of the Formula One teams, and then we can make comparisons with other cars and see just how competitive we are. Today was a great day, overall, as the C23 ran so well, so I'm happy."

"Today's roll-out programme for the C23 concentrated on tests of the cooling, electronics, and fuel and hydraulic systems. The results are satisfying," Technical Director Willy Rampf said. "Tomorrow we plan to run different set-ups and will use the day to familiarise ourselves with the performance characteristics of the new car."

"33 trouble-free laps in a half day of testing is a remarkable roll-out for us and just the right birthday present for Giancarlo," Team Principal Peter Sauber added. "Nevertheless, it is too early to say more about the potential of the car. We must await references to other teams."

Giancarlo Fisichella will continue testing the C23 tomorrow before Felipe Massa takes over the driving on Friday. Team Sauber Petronas will be running in Barcelona from 20 to 23 January.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Felipe Massa , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber