The Force India F1 Team continued its pre-season preparations with the third of its four day test at the Circuit de Catalunya, Spain. Adrian Sutil took over from Paul di Resta for the day, working again through a full race weekend simulation, starting with qualifying simsin the morning and a full race distance in the afternoon. The team also used the running to test some new aerodynamic parts.
Adrian completed 108 laps with a best time of 1:24.334. Adrian will remain in the car tomorrow morning, with Paul taking over for the final afternoon.
We carried on where Paul finished yesterday, running through our race weekend programme. The race simulation worked well in the afternoon including live pit stops and a safety car exercise to cover a few different scenarios that can happen during Grands Prix. The balance was generally OK, we identified some areas of performance where we can gain time and I’m looking forward to working on these tomorrow when I’m back in the car for the morning.
Dominic Harlow, circuit engineering director
The VJM04 covered a good mileage again today as Adrian carried out a race simulation together with some aerodynamic and set-up tests. The race team were also present again for live pitstop practice before the first race. We have a busy final day of testing ahead tomorrow as we look to complete the maximum preparation possible in this pre-season.
Driver: Adrian Sutil
Track: Circuit de Catalunya, Spain
Best lap time: 1:24.334
Laps completed: 108
Kilometres completed: 503km
Air temperature: High of 18 C
Track temperature: High of 26 C
Weather: Bright and sunny all day