Sutil looks to Bahrain tests
4 February 2014 – Sauber’s Adrian Sutil is looking forward to testing in Bahrain later this month and to starting to work on the actual performance of the new C33.
Sutil was in action on days three and four at Jerez last week, and despite a spin on each day, was content to have done just over 100 laps, even if he did describe the runs as more of a ‘roll-out’ than a proper test.
“It was nice to be back in a car, as well as in a different team for the first time. It was a pleasure, and the team has done a fantastic job to get the C33 ready,” he reflected. “It is very different to drive, as it has much more torque and sounds different. It’s very quiet, but the power is definitely there.
“The track conditions on the final day were tricky, in addition to having low grip and low downforce. I’m quite happy that the brake-by-wire system worked [after the problems on Thursday]. We still have to get to know it better, but we have a lot of data that we can analyse and learn from.
“This test was more like a roll-out for us, so the spec was very different to what we are going to have on the car ultimately. This test was [also] a big task for the driver as well as the team. We completed quite a few laps here, which is particularly important for the power unit. We didn’t have too many problems, but it is still a lot of work to do, as the cars are still quite young.
“In Bahrain I think we can start to work on the performance of the car. The temperature will be closer to race conditions, and we will have a different package on the car. I’m looking forward to that.”
Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Sauber’s head of track engineering, added: “During the four days we were able to complete a total of 163 laps. Our main target was to focus on the reliability of the C33. We wanted to get to know all the new systems and get as much mileage as possible.
"With all the data we gathered we will be busy over the next two weeks. For the next two tests in Bahrain we will bring a major aerodynamic package. This will allow us to also focus on performance, as well as the reliability of the C33.”