Mugello Test Report, 3 May 2012

Sahara Force India enjoyed a busy day of testing in Mugello as Paul Di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg shared the VJM05 for the final day of running.

Day Three Stats

Driver: Paul Di Resta / Nico Hulkenberg

Chassis: VJM05-04

Laps: Paul = 34 / Nico = 55

Mileage: Paul = 178 km / Nico = 288 km

Fastest lap: Paul = 1:23.002 / Nico = 1:22.325

Paul Di Resta: “It was a much better day and good to get a reasonable number of laps in the car in dry conditions. We had a busy programme focussing on aero data collection this morning, aero balance and general performance work. The data we have seems encouraging and I think that we are well prepared for Barcelona.”

Nico Hulkenberg: “I think we have learned quite a lot today and it’s a good way to end the test with a busy afternoon. There was a lot to get through, but the main priority was on understanding the car we have here and making sure we feel ready for Barcelona. There’s a lot of data to go through before we get there and we also have to look at how the different tyre compounds behaved, but overall I’m pleased with the day’s work.”

Jakob Andreasen, Chief Engineer

“After a tricky start to the week I’m pleased that we have ended the test with a full day of running. The focus this morning was on aero work and we fitted several devices to the car, which allowed us to collect the most important data to continue our assessment of the latest car developments. Later in the day we moved towards set-up work, running new sets of the medium and hard tyres and extracting performance from the car. Before we leave Mugello I would like to thank everyone in the team for their efforts over the last few days to ensure we were able to complete the main items on our job list. It puts us in a good position as we head to Barcelona for next week’s Spanish Grand Prix.”