Paul Di Resta, Sahara Force India F1 Team

2012 Hungarian Grand Prix, Free Practice Report

Sahara Force India completed a busy free practice programme in Budapest in preparation for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Paul Di Resta  (VJM05/02)

FP1:     P14      1:24.559            22 laps

FP2:     P7        1:22.794            23 laps

Paul: “I think the most important thing today is that we managed to get some good information on some test items – which is something that has not been easy at previous races with the mixed weather. Even though it rained again this afternoon, we completed a lot of work before it arrived and have some useful set-up data going into the weekend. I managed to run on both the medium and soft compounds today, but we missed out on getting the long run data because of the rain.”

Nico Hulkenberg (VJM05/03)

FP1:     Did not take part

FP2:     P13      1:23.713            26 laps

Nico: “Quite a positive day overall, but like everybody we missed out on getting the long run data. Apart from that, I felt comfortable in the session and we got through most of the set-up programme. I went out towards the end on intermediates to get a feel for the wet conditions, but the track was drying very quickly so there was not too much to learn.”

Jules Bianchi (VJM05/03)

FP1:     P18      1:25.715            26 laps

FP2:     Did not take part

Jules: “Lots of laps for me today, which was useful and I’m getting more used to the car now. I started off by doing a lot of short runs so the team could evaluate some test items, then I did a couple of longer runs towards the end. It was difficult to find the limit and I was not totally comfortable with the car today, so I think there is some more laptime still to come. It’s always valuable to get time in the car on a race weekend and hopefully the team will learn a lot from the data.”

Jakob Andreasen, Chief Engineer

“We made the most of the dry morning session to run through a busy aero programme with Jules and gathered some useful data. He did a good job once again although we struggled to find the sweet spot with the car in the morning session. Nico was back alongside Paul for the afternoon and we focussed on fine-tuning the cars as well as understanding the tyres. It was a shame to lose the final half of the session to rain, but we made some progress with the car and have a good idea of the direction we need to take tomorrow.”