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Sauber driver Esteban Gutiérrez enjoyed a trouble-free start to his pre-season testing programme at Jerez on Thursday, having taken over the cockpit of the C32 from team-mate Nico Hülkenberg. Focusning on high fuel running and tyre evaluations, the Mexican rookie wound up eighth fastest with a total of 110 laps to his name.
"It was a very positive day with 110 laps," said Gutiérrez. "I had the chance to get to know the car and the tyres that are behaving quite differently. It was important to understand the warm-up characteristics and the behaviour on long runs with high fuel loads.
"It was very interesting to feel the progress - something that gets me up to speed. I'm positive about the new car and I immediately felt comfortable in it."
Gutiérrez, who makes the step up to Formula 1 after finishing third in the support-bill GP2 Series last year, will complete the final day of running for Sauber at Jerez.
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