Giancarlo Fisichella returned to the cockpit of the new Sauber-Petronas C23, as the Swiss team continued its four-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The Italian covered 66 laps in chassis C23-01, with a best time of 1min 16.529secs, but it was not all plain sailing as the car was sidelined for part of the morning session with a technical problem.

"Today and tomorrow, we are using the same engine as we are targeting a higher mileage than usual in order to simulate the usage of the engine at a race weekend according to the new regulations," race engineer Giampaolo Dall'Ara reported, "Unfortunately, we were forced to stop our test in the morning due to a fuel supply problem, which cost us some time. Nevertheless this break didn't set us too much under time pressure and we were still be able to complete our scheduled engine programme. We also finished our Bridgestone tyre test for today and worked on the set-up for Giancarlo.

"Tomorrow, we will concentrate on a race distance simulation and a Bridgestone programme, which will also focus on long runs. Further to this we are planning some aerodynamic tests as well."

Fisichella admitted that he had been frustrated by the morning's developments, and by the fact that the car took time to suit him.

"In the morning, it didn't work that well for me, as the set-up didn't fit to my driving style," he revealed, "We had to change quite a few things. Then, in the afternoon, we made a big step forward and the C23 was getting better and better. Considering the fairly long break which we were forced to take due to the fuel supply problem, I'm quite happy that I could still run 66 laps."

 

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