Sauber simulated qualifying and race conditions at Circuit de Catalunya

A suspected water leak in the C32-2 stopped the race simulation with Esteban Gutierrez.

Finally the conditions were good for testing on day three. Esteban did some aerodynamic tests and then made several runs in qualifying conditions. In the afternoon he did a race simulation which was interrupted by a suspected water leak. Esteban completed 99 laps.

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering: "Today was Esteban’s final day of winter testing. Our plan was to simulate qualifying and the race. Unfortunately we had a few reliability issues which we are still investigating. Nevertheless, we completed 99 laps and Esteban's performance today was good.“

Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber C32
Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber C32

Photo by: XPB Images

Esteban Gutiérrez: "It was an interesting experience to do a qualifying and race simulation. It gave me the opportunity to see how the car feels in qualifying and race conditions.

The understanding of the tyres was a very important point, especially here in Barcelona where we know graining of the front tyres is a big issue.

However, we were able to manage the degradation of the tyres quite well. Unfortunately we were not able to complete the race simulation due to a suspected water leak.

What comes next: Tomorrow, Nico Hülkenberg will be at the wheel of the Sauber C32. It will be the final testing day before the season starts on March 17th in Melbourne.

Sauber F1 Team

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