Sunday, 22 February 2015

Restricted running for Sauber on final day of first Barcelona test

(© Ben Johnston 2015)

The Sauber F1 Team suffered a disruptive final day of on track action at the opening Barcelona test. The Swiss based outfit had Felipe Nasr in the car who suffered a mechanical issue with his C34 which meant that he missed out on some track time this morning before completing a more productive afternoon session.

The Brazilian finished the day in 4th place having completed 73 laps with a fastest time of 1m 24.956s. Speaking following the test the Brazilian stated:

It was quite busy in the afternoon. After lunch we were able to run trouble free and I completed a lot of laps. I was able to test different tyres and also experience long-runs at the end of the day. It was pretty good to get a feeling of what to expect from the car and the tyres. I believe we again made another small improvement regarding the balance of the car.

The Sauber F1 Team’s Head of Track Engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara commented on the test saying:

Again today we had to reduce the programme as the car was stuck in the garage the whole morning due to a mechanical issue. The afternoon was definitely better, and we were able to do our preparation work for the race weekends. The wind today was quite strong, which also guided the direction of the programme on the set-up and tyre comparison sides rather than doing aero work. At the end stopping on track was a fuel-system-check.’
© Bnn Johnston 2015

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