The Swiss outfit managed 163 laps over the four-day event, with 2014 drivers Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil having two days each to sample the new Ferrari-powered car.
“We are satisfied with the first test,” Kaltenborn said. “Our car was ready just in time. The fact that the C33 functioned from the first day on track is a remarkable achievement by the team. A big compliment to everyone involved.”
The main aim for the team was to get all the systems and mechanics working. “The cars are very complex this year because of the new power unit, but, as a matter of fact, we have reached a good level already,” she said. “Of course, it was also important to gather a lot of data. We have a lot of work to do, analysing the data and implementing the improvements.”
The two race drivers were not happy with the brake-to-wire system, which Kaltenborn admits was a software issue. However, improvements were made at Jerez and the 42-year-old is confident that the problems will be solved by the second test, which will take place in Bahrain.
The team will bring a considerable aerodynamic upgrade to the Sakhir circuit: “Fundamentally it’s a very extensive package. We plan to have most of the parts on the car for the first test in Bahrain. This includes new front and rear wings, side pod deflectors, as well as several other small elements on the car. A few other parts will follow for the second test in Bahrain.”
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