February 7th, 2013 (F1plus Team).- Sauber’s C32 was put for first time and in real conditions in the hands of rookie Esteban Gutierrez who followed and extensive program today at Jerez
"It was a very positive day with 110 laps. I had the chance to get to know the car and the tyres that are behaving quite differently. Because of this it was important to understand the warmup characteristics and the behavior on long runs with high fuel loads.
The Mexican clocked a time of 1:19.934 min, which was good for eight overall, more than a second better than Bottas from Williams.
Nevertheless, Gutierrez understands that gaining experience and time with the car should be his main objective.
“It was very interesting to feel the progress something that gets me up to speed. I’m positive about the new car and I immediately felt comfortable in it.“
This would be Gutierrez first season in Formula 1, and he will replace countryman Perez who left for McLaren.