Formula 1 Grande Premio Petrobras Do Brasil 2015, Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India completed a busy practice programme at Interlagos today in preparation for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
Nico Hülkenberg       VJM08-03
FP1:     1:15.174            (P9)                  33 laps
FP2:     1:13.710            (P8)                  43 laps
Nico: “It was a standard Friday with lots of laps covered and plenty of data collected. Track temperatures were high for most of the day so it didn’t really matter that there were a few spots of rain because it evaporated very quickly. There is still a lot of work to do ahead of qualifying because I’m not completely happy with the balance and we need to work more on understanding the tyres. With such a short lap the grid is always tight here so it’s important we find some more performance tonight.”
Sergio Perez              VJM08-02
FP1:     1:15.408            (P15)                32 laps
FP2:     1:14.056            (P11)                34 laps
Sergio: “We learned a lot today with a big test programme this morning. Everything went smoothly and it has given us plenty to analyse because we ran different programmes with each car. The afternoon was standard for us – collecting the tyre information and continuing to improve the car. I think we need to change a few things tonight, but I’m confident we have enough information to make sure we choose the right direction.”
Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal
“Overall we’ve enjoyed a fairly routine day of Friday practice, which allowed us to work through most of the items on the job list. Interlagos is a fairly unique track in terms of its layout so we put our focus on the twisty second sector and making sure the cars work well through those low-speed corners. Both Nico and Checo explored some different set-up directions during the day, but ended the afternoon session fairly content. I think we are in good shape heading into the weekend and will be targeting Q3 for both cars once again.”