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Paul di Resta continued the Force India F1 Team’s winter testing programme at the Valencia permanent circuit today, completing more than 100 laps of the 3.92km Spanish track. The Scot contributed to an extremely productive day as he gathered more information on the performance of the three Pirelli tyre compounds available this week. His fastest lap, a 1:13.844, was the third quickest of the day behind Alonso and curent world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Paul di Resta
Another good day of testing for the team, gathering lots of information for the guys to work on as we prepare for the debut of the VJM04 next week. We’re now understanding a lot more about the performance of the Pirellis and the differences between the compounds, particularly with regards to long and shorter runs and different fuel loads. At this stage we’re not going for times, just trying to get representative data to work on. I’m feeling good and well integrated into the team and my new role, there’s a really positive atmosphere, which will set us up extremely well for next week when the new car testing programme starts.

Dominic Harlow, circuit engineering director
Today’s programme was intended to compare the various tyre compounds’ performance with yesterday’s as the track improved. During the course of the session the circuit should have reached something approaching race conditions in terms of the laps run on it, so it’s interesting data. It was a productive day and we also worked on some systems development for the VJM04. Adrian will be in the car tomorrow for the final day here.

Testing data
Driver:   Paul di Resta
Track:   Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, Spain
Best lap time:  1:13.844
Laps completed: 111
Kilometres completed: 435km
Air temperature:  High of 18 C
Track temperature: High of 24 C
Weather:  Bright and sunny