Max Chilton was back in the VJM04 today to complete a second day of testing with Sahara Force India at the Yas Marina Circuit. The British racer completed 79 laps and set a best time of 1:41.575 to end up as the fifth fastest driver of the day.
The programme included more 2012 Pirelli tyre evaluation, allowing Max to build on the work he completed on Tuesday. After some set-up work this morning, there was also a chance to complete some long runs in the afternoon.
Max Chilton: “Another excellent day which I really enjoyed. It helped having already done a day of testing on Tuesday because I knew the car, the systems, and just felt a bit more relaxed. So I was able to focus more on driving style and giving good feedback. We managed to do quite a lot, including some set-up work and a few long runs after lunch. At the end of the day I had some fresh tyres, but it was a shame there was a red flag in the middle of my final run. Still, I’m happy with the job I’ve done this week and I really hope I get the chance to do it again. Working with the team has been an incredible experience and I’ve learned a massive amount.”
Oliver Knighton, Race Support and Strategy Engineer
“A very good day with Max getting up to speed quickly and making a valuable contribution with his feedback. Today’s programme saw further work with the potential 2012 Pirelli tyres, some background data collection, as well as some aero work. A couple of small problems limited the total lap count, but it has been a very positive day and test overall with all the major objectives completed.”