Barcelona Test Report, 12 May 2015
Laps: 109 laps
Mileage: 507 km
Fastest lap: 1:27.396
Classification: P6 of 9
Nick Yelloly made his Formula One testing debut in Barcelona today as he completed 109 laps behind the wheel of the VJM08.
Nick has been working on Sahara Force India’s simulator programme since 2014 and a priority of the day was to make comparisons between the real car and the simulator. The job list also included a comprehensive aero programme with various measurement tools fitted to the VJM08 throughout the day.
Nick Yelloly: “It felt really good to finally get my chance in a Formula One car. I’ve been working towards this day for a long time and I need to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone at Sahara Force India for giving me this opportunity. The first few laps felt a bit unusual, but I soon got comfortable in the car. One of the first things I noticed was the directness of the power steering compared to a GP2 car because you only have to put a slight input and the car responds immediately. The set-up was pretty much where we needed it straight away and we just chipped away at it making a few small adjustments during the day. The main focus was on aero and we did a big sweep in the morning, but I also got the chance to run on soft tyres in the afternoon. I’m feeling really positive about the day and I hope it’s been useful for the team.”
Tom McCullough, Chief Race Engineer: “It’s always enjoyable seeing a young driver get to grips with a Formula One car for the first time. Nick was clearly excited about the opportunity, but he was very mature with his approach and he impressed the team with his feedback. He didn’t put a foot wrong all day and helped us gather a lot of very useful data.
“Our main focus was to gather pressure tapping data with various rakes and hardware fitted to the car. Nick’s extensive experience on our simulator helped him get up-to-speed quickly and ensured we completed a rather ambitious job list. Nick’s experience in the VJM08 today will be invaluable as we continue to develop our simulator back at base.”