Sauber technical director James Key declared himself pleased with a busy day of running at Catalunya after Kamui Kobayashi
enjoyed a trouble-free run in the new C30.
The Japanese driver completed more than 120 laps during the course of the day, a tally bettered only by Nico Rosberg's Mercedes, and posted the sixth quickest time during a short run later in the afternoon.
Until that point, Kobayashi had worked through a programme focused on set-up work with the different compound of Pirelli tyres.
“We completed 125 laps, which is good,” Key said. “It was a case of working through some programmes to understand more about the tyres. Barcelona is a good track to get a handle on tyres, but the cold condtions this morning made it a little tricky with high wear on the front tyres, although this was probably not unique to us. We ran through a race set up programme this morning using all three compounds – hard, medium and soft – to get an overview of the longevity of their performance. This also allowed Kamui to work on managing the tyres from a driver's perspective.
“In the afternoon we worked on the set-up and used a new package to improve mechanical grip, and this looks okay. We also worked with the different compounds, but this time with set-up changes between them to understand better their one lap performance, although it wasn't a qualifying simulation. We recovered well after a slightly tricky day yesterday, and Kamui did a very good job.”
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