Simona De Silvestro has now completed two full days of testing at the Ferrari test track in Fiorano, at the wheel of a two-year-old Sauber C31. She completed a total of 180 laps without any problems, a total of 540 kilometres of running. If this was done in a current Sauber she would have qualified for an FIA Superlicence.
“Simona drove very well, had a good pace and was consistent,” said Sauber test engineer Paul Russell. “Overall these were two very positive days.”
The team did not issue any lap times as there is no means by which they can be compared to anything meaningful as she was using a two-year-old car with tyres that were more in keeping with this year’s rubber.
“Everything feels more familiar to me compared to yesterday, when things were new to me,” de Silvestro said. “We made some changes to the set-up, which gave me the opportunity to get a feeling for those changes and learn how the car reacts to them. I can say that I already feel confident in the car, which is very positive. I’m quite happy with what I was able to achieve over the two days. A big thank you to the team who did a fabulous job explaining everything to me, and giving me the time to reflect on this. I’m already looking forward to my next opportunity to test the C31.”
Simona’s next test is scheduled to take place at Valencia on June 25-27.