Adrian Sutil has said he was 'quite happy' with the way testing went this week at Jerez in Spain and while he conceded it 'could have been better', he still felt that overall it wasn't 'too bad'.
Sutil has moved from Force India to Sauber this year, and while he only did 34 laps on Thursday with the new C33, he managed 69 on Friday, winding up seventh on the day four times, despite another spin.
“From where we are now it should just get better, so I am not so concerned,” he told reporters, including Crash.net
, at the end of the opening 2014 F1 pre-season test. “There is a lot of downforce still in the factory, still lying there and once we put the parts on it, it should all come together.”
“Today the conditions were just not so good and we were struggling mostly with the tyres to keep them up to temperature,” he continued. “We were struggling to do a long run – longer than 5 laps – because we lost so much temperature and it was almost undriveable. So, the runs were quite short. But we covered over 60 laps and that is not too bad.
“It was more a roll-out [this week for us]. There was not so much what we could learn about tyres and set-up - that was not our approach.
"We just wanted to have mileage here and check the systems and that is what we did. We should be more comfortable for the next test in Bahrain.”
Quizzed on the new brake-by-wire system, he added: “I am quite happy it at least worked. It is still a system that we need to understand and for me brand new systems are not so comfortable to maximise the pressure on the pedal. I was very conservative there. We were never pushing so hard. The most important thing, however, is that the engineers now have a lot of data and can work with this.”
So how was the test overall? “Of course it could have been better. The first few days we didn't run so much and then when I was in the car it was a little bit better. But at least we got all the systems running. Some of the other teams struggled more. We did some laps and I am okay, I am quite happy. It is a new car with a new engine. There is so much that is new and you cannot expect to go out and do 100 laps in a row. We still need to understand the car and learn. But not too bad for the first test.”
Sauber and the rest of the teams will now resume testing in Bahrain later this month and Sutil knows what is at the top of his 'wants' list.
“We need to put some downforce on the car and make it driveable. This is the most important thing. But with all the braking systems and engine wise, I think we are quite comfortable with the Ferrari package - they did a good job. So, we have to focus on our car now, the driveability and especially the aerodynamics,” concluded the 31-year-old German.