Adrian Sutil had a crash in the new Sauber today after getting caught out by tires that had lost temperature.
The German damaged the front end of the car in the course of his first run with the Swiss machine.
“It is very different to drive, as it has much more torque and sounds different,” said Sutil. “It’s very quiet, but the power is definitely there. It’s early on, so the systems are not always working exactly as they should. But we did a few decent runs. Our biggest issue was the brake-by-wire system, so we still need to work on that. Also to get a feeling for the tires is quite tricky. The hard tire is very hard, so it is going to be a big challenge to make them work.
“Towards the end of the session we did a few installation laps. On the last one the tires lost a lot of temperature, it caught me by surprise when I accelerated out of the corner, shifting up from third to fourth on a straight line, and suddenly the car snapped and I went off. It’s all repairable but it will be a long night.”