The Sauber F1 Team spent Friday at Sepang running through system checks ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix finishing thirteenth and fifteenth in both sessions.
Adrian Sutil lead the way for the team as he completed a total of 49 laps over the two sessions, coming home in thirteenth place for both. “In comparison to Melbourne, we made a few steps forward.” said the German driver. “The things we had on our plan partly worked out. However, the car is difficult to control and it is not easy to drive.”
Despite admitting the team have a lot of work ahead of themselves Sutil was happy with the progress. “We made steps in the right direction and it is working better than in Melbourne.”
Esteban Gutiérrez completed 57 laps through the day and finished two places behind team-mate Sutil. The Mexican was also positive with the progress made over the two sessions. “I think it was a positive day. We managed to have no problems during the entire day. From that point of view, it is positive.”
“Besides that, we managed to do our planned programme with both cars, so we collected interesting information which we can use to make the right decisions for tomorrow.
“In comparison to Melbourne, we made a step forward as the braking stability is better. We still have further things to develop and to improve. We have to evaluate the high fuel and find the best compromise for the race.”
Despite the progress made Head of Track Engineering Giampaolo Dall’Ara admitted “We are not where we want to be and we still have some work to do.”
“For tomorrow I think Q2 is a sensible target, but here in Malaysia you never know as it might rain and things can get exciting” he added.