21/02/2012

Barcelona - day one

Result: Hulkenberg 2nd (1:23.440).

The second pre-season test got underway on Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain.

Nico Hulkenberg was in action for Force India, focusing on aero development and tyre work. In total the German driver completed 97laps and ended up just 0.175s behind Vettel's Red Bull. Despite this promising laptime we must stress that performance during testing gives little indication into outright speed due to varying fuel loads between teams and other major factors such as tyre compound.

Nico said:


"We had a good day, it was a positive programme, we started with some aero gathering this morning, some tyre comparisons with different compounds, and then long runs this afternoon. Generally there were no reliability issues, so there was a very positive impression of the car and a good feeling today. It was pretty good, surprisingly well. Maybe it suits a little bit better here than Jerez. I am also getting better. It is my second day, as Jerez was my first day after a long time out of the car. Each day, each kilometre is better. Reliability wise, the whole picture just looks very good right now. We are bedding in right now. Today, after lunch, I got back in and felt comfortable again. It feels a bit more like home - I am going through the sensation of that feeling. So far so good".

... very promising words from Nico who is back in the car for day two! :-)

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