Paul di Resta continued his preparations for his debut season in Formula One with a further day of testing in the Force India F1 Team’s VJM04 at Barcelona today.
After the delays yesterday Paul completed 80 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya, split over a variety of run lengths and set-ups. He also tested different tyre compounds over longer runs and, with only one period of downtime, largely completed his programme.
The 24 year old Scot posted the ninth quickest time, a 1:25.194. Adrian Sutil continues the test tomorrow.
Paul di Resta
Today was a definite improvement over yesterday’s running with a lot more laps under our belt. We ran through a lot of set-ups with the different tyre compounds and the car felt more balanced, which showed in a generally better lap time. Apart from the problem with the throttle sensor in the afternoon everything went pretty much to plan and we’ve got a lot of information to feed into Adrian’s programme tomorrow and for the rest of the test.
Dominic Harlow, circuit engineering director
Paul again concentrated on long run comparison of the tyres with some further aero, brake material and set-up tests today. A sensor problem later in the afternoon resulted in the only real down time of the day. It was a reliability issue, but in testing and we are confident it is understood and can be addressed. Adrian takes over the car tomorrow and will continue with the tyre programme.
Driver: Paul di Resta
Track: Circuit de Catalunya, Spain
Best lap time: 1:25.194
Laps completed: 80
Kilometres completed: 372km
Air temperature: High of 17 C
Track temperature: High of 28 C
Weather: Warm and sunny for most of the day