F1 – 2012 Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test Day 3 – Sauber F1 Team

Young Driver Days in Abu Dhabi – Day 3

Abu Dhabi, 8th November 2012 – The Sauber F1 Team had a very productive Young Driver test in Abu Dhabi. Esteban Gutiérrez added another 80 laps to the tally on Thursday, which was his second and final day of testing in Abu Dhabi. Overall the Sauber F1 Team covered 252 laps at the Yas Marina Circuit with Robin Frijns contributing 78 laps on the first day.

Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi / 5.554 km


Esteban Gutiérrez (MX)
Weather: Sunny and dry, air 30-31°C, track 30-42°C
Chassis / engine: C31.02 / Ferrari 056


Mileage today: 80 laps

Fastest lap:

1:43,093 min (new soft tyres)


Giampaolo Dall’Ara

(Head of Track Engineering):



“Day three of this test was also a very productive one, as we got all the work done. Overall we are very happy with the mileage we covered here in Abu Dhabi and also with the feedback from the two young drivers. Today Esteban started with some more aero evaluation. We were running on high fuel, did some set up work and brake tests. Over lunch we changed the front suspension to test some new items. For the afternoon session we then gave Esteban some fresh tyres – one set of hard, two medium and one set of the soft compound.”


Esteban Gutiérrez: “I think today’s programme was very useful. Not only for me, but also for the team because we were able to test and analyse a lot of different things. I tried to give precise feedback over the day and in the end I was pushing a bit with the soft tyres, but I must admit I didn’t manage to make use of the peak of the tyres’ performance. Nevertheless I am very happy with how the two days of testing went and I want to thank the Sauber F1 Team for all its work.”

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