The Force India F1 Team got underway with the second test of the VJM04 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Spain, today. Paul di Resta put the car through its paces in the afternoon after a delay on some parts arriving gave only limited running, however the Scot could still complete 26 laps of the Barcelona track, setting the sixth quickest time.
The programme today focussed on putting more miles on the car to gather more information on performance and balance, plus conducting aero and tyre testing in the latter stage of the day.
Paul will remain in the car for a further day tomorrow before Adrian Sutil takes over for days three and four.
Paul di Resta
The guys did pretty well to get the car out on track today and towards the end of the afternoon we did some productive running to get a good baseline set-up for tomorrow when we’ll have a much more extensive test programme to carry out. I definitely feel there is more to come from the car and I’m looking forward to getting back out there to help the team get as much out of this test as possible.
Dominic Harlow, circuit engineering director
We didn’t run this morning as we were waiting for some parts to arrive at the track until early in the day, and the knock on effect of the turnaround from Jerez meant there was a lot to do to complete the car build. The track conditions weren’t good anyway, with wet, cold and slippery conditions so we felt we did not miss too much. The afternoon’s session was much better and we started our testing with some aerodynamic tests and tyre comparison looking at the new soft.
Driver: Paul di Resta
Track: Circuit de Catalunya, Spain
Best lap time: 1:26.575
Laps completed: 26
Kilometres completed: 121km
Air temperature: High of 18 C
Track temperature: High of 24 C
Weather: Wet in the morning, sunny in the afternoon