Problems with the bodywork and power train meant Sergio Perez’s first run in the Sauber C30 in official testing was cut short.
The team planned to do 150 laps today but he ended up doing just 42.
He admitted afterwards that made it difficult to draw conclusions about the car’s balance:
I was very excited to be in the car, to know how everything was going, to feel it, to see how good it is. Unfortunately we had a very busy schedule in the morning with a lot of aero tests. Finally in the afternoon I could do some running but it was very short.
We have not finished understanding the car. We are doing it step-by-step and it was going very positive. But in the end we had to stop.
Hopefully tomorrow we can do a longer programme and keep the development of the car, and also of myself, to adjust to the tyres, to the car and to everything, because it’s going to be very challenging this year.
He didn’t have time to try the adjutable rear wing or KERS, but even so he says there’s a lot to get used to when stepping up to F1 from GP2:
I think the amount of things you have to do inside the cockpit. How much stuff is coming into the brain. This is quite hard to jump into the Formula 1, there is a lot of things going on and it takes some time first of all to understand and then to develop.
Perez was enthusiastic about the car’s potential:
It’s quite different [to the C29], I think this car has better potential. I’m very confident that we can develop our car in a way in a better way. So I’m positive that it can be a good car.
Sauber has the least experienced driver pairing in F1 (HRT notwithstanding) but Perez feels he can learn from team mate Kamui Kobayashi:
I hope so. I think he’s quite strong obviously but I’m working and I’m doing my best and I hope that by the start of the season I can be up to speed with him.
I think I have a lot to learn from him because in Formula 1 one year makes a big difference and I find that I can learn a lot from Kamui.
And he hopes to match Kobayashi’s celebrated overtaking performances:
I hope so because I know he is very good at overtaking. I think I can match him, yes. If I have the chance, I will go for it as well.
I’m here to get as many points as possible so I will do my best inside the cockpit at every single race.
Perez will be back in the car again tomorrow for the last day of the Valencia test.
2011 F1 testing
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- Vergne completes third day on top in Abu Dhabi
- Young Drivers Test Day 2 in pictures
- Vergne stays quickest on second day of test
- Italian F3 pair complete Ferrari test
- Jean-Eric Vergne leads first day of young drivers test
- McLaren cover least test distance with new car
- Rosberg: Mercedes are “on the up”
- Second Barcelona test day 5 in pictures
- Hamilton: reliability and pace concerns for McLaren