Austria Test, Day One
Esteban Ocon completed 76 laps today as he got behind the wheel of the VJM08 in Spielberg. His best lap of 1:11.192 was the second fastest of the day.
Chassis: VJM08-01
Laps: 76 laps
Mileage: 329 km
Fastest lap: 1:11.192
Classification: P2 of 9
Esteban Ocon: “It’s been a mega day and thank you to Sahara Force India for the opportunity once again. It was a shame that we had so much rain this morning, but I’m happy that we were able to run late into the evening. The car was brilliant today – very enjoyable to drive and I noticed how much it had improved compared to the last time I drove in Barcelona. On days like this you learn so much because mileage in a Formula One car is so precious and I was able to test in both the wet and the dry. I didn’t want the day to end because it was such a fantastic experience to work with the engineers and the whole team. Thank you to everyone for the experience once again.”
Tom McCullough, Chief Race Engineer: “It’s been quite a strange day with the torrential rain this morning forcing us to shift the entire programme to the afternoon and evening. Despite the rain delays, Esteban took everything in his stride with a very mature approach and didn’t put a foot wrong all day. The primary objective was to continue giving him as much experience as possible across the changing weather conditions. He therefore ran on the full wet tyre, the intermediate and the dry tyre compounds we had available. We also fitted some special instrumentation to the car to collect valuable correlation data for some development aero parts.”