Sauber performs aero test in Italy
17 February 2012 – Sauber and reserve driver Esteban Gutiérrez were in action at Vairano this week, with the Mexican performing an aerodynamic run in the Ferrari-powered C31. GP3 Champion of 2010, Gutiérrez - now 20 - joined Sauber during his title-winning year.
“We ran a number of tests for the aerodynamics, basically working on different settings for the car,” he is quoted as saying in the Mexican media. “It was really to evaluate how the car behaves under real aerodynamic conditions, because one thing is testing in the wind tunnel and another is seeing it perform in reality.”
Although circuit testing in Formula 1 is only available at the official FIA test sessions, teams are allowed four one-day, straight-line or constant radius aerodynamic tests over the course of a year. Any of these four days can be substituted for four hours of full scale wind tunnel testing, carried out over a single 24-hour period.