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Sauber Have “Much Better” Final Day In Valencia

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Sergio Perez and Sauber remedied the limited running of yesterday in Valencia by completing 103 laps today, the final of the three-day test session.

The Mexican rookie finished the day as the eighth fastest driver.

“I'm very happy with how things went today,” said Perez. “It was a busy day and I learnt a lot about the systems and the car, while the team also collected a lot of information. We will keep working hard to improve – me personally from a driver's perspective and all together, of course, with regards to the car. I'm already very much looking forward to the next test in Jerez and can't wait to run the C30 again.”

James Key, the Sauber technical director, explained that the team are now beginning to adapt the new C30 to suit the Pirelli tyres, and praised Perez for his efforts. “It was a much better day today and we covered over 100 laps,” Keys said. “It was good for Sergio to spend lot more more time in the car and with the team. He has already learnt a lot and did a good job.

“Having had more time working with the car, we have been able to start changing the set up to match the tyres better, which is giving us some useful directions for the next test. We have also been using different tyre compounds for the first time and the super soft is very fast on the first lap, but degrades quickly. Meanwhile the medium compound is faster than we thought over the first lap, but certainly more consistent. Now we head to Jerez where we will start to introduce new development parts.”

The next test begins in Jerez on February 10th. Perez will be in the car for the first two days before handing the C30 over to team-mate Kamui Kobayashi for the remaining two.

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