Hulkenberg encouraged by first test with C32

2013 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Jerez, 2013Nico Hulkenberg says the Sauber C32 is a good starting point for the season ahead after driving it for two days.

“Had quite a large test programme already which we completed successful and two very productive days,” he told media at Jerez.

“It’s something we can build on, I think a good baseline. It needs further development, further work, we now know. In Formula One you cannot stop.”

Asked if he thought the car was quick Hulkenberg said: “I think so, yeah. At this point I can’t see a big issue.

“It looked quite… at some point I was looking at the timing monitor, it looked like qualifying already. It was like separated by only a few hundredths. We should be happy with the two days, car performed reasonably well and, like I said, something to build on.”

Hulkenberg switched teams and engine suppliers over the winter, and offered a comparison of the Ferrari V8 he has now with the Mercedes he used last year:

“The characteristics are a little bit different. The Mercedes is maybe a little bit stronger top-end, therefore the Ferrari is a bit strong in the mid-range power.”

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