23/02/2012

Barcelona - day three

Result: Di Resta 8th (1:25.646).

Paul Di Resta's first day of the Barcelona test was a solid one. He completed 83laps setting a best time good enough for 8th place. Once again we must stress that times are largely incomparable at this stage due to differing configurations, fuel loads and tyre compounds. For instance we believe Paul's best lap today was set on the medium tyres while other drivers did runs on the softer/faster tyres.

There was one little mishap when Paul's engine cover flew off which brought out the red flag. It's nothing to really worry about, it's a very minor issue and after all, that is what testing is for.

Here are the remains of the engine cover that got away:

(click to enlarge) 

Yesterday Force India chief engineer, Jakob Andreason, spoke to media about Nico Hulkenberg's day in the car; he said:

"We began the programme with aero sweeps and also evaluated some mechanical components to address some improvements we felt could be made to the car following the Jerez test. The car has performed well throughout the day with good reliability, which allowed us to focus on adding performance. We completed the majority of the programme and got through our long runs in the afternoon, which helped build up Nico's knowledge of the hard and medium compound tyres".

We're waiting on quotes from Paul Di Resta about his drive today, like us on facebook here to receive an update about when they are out :-)

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