01/03/2012

Barcelona - day one

Result: Di Resta 7th (1:24.305).

With most teams, including Force India (who were using their second chassis of the season for the first time), focusing on long runs today it's safe to say we didn't see the ultimate pace of the cars out there today.

As such it's hard to make any sort of judgement as to where the team lye performance wise. However the general consensus seems to be that Force India have a decent car; but we won't know for sure until the first qualifying session of the season!

The main indicator we have into 2012 pace right now is how the drivers are feeling inside the car. Our driver, Paul Di Resta:

"... Is relatively positive. We cleared all of our objectives today. It's the first day of four, at the last test, so I suppose there is a lot of correlation on this day. [We had] some new bits on the car [to] see how they perform, and to get an idea ahead of what the main focus should be, which is performance, and set-up direction ... which we'll head into tomorrow. I'm out of the car tomorrow, Nico is taking the seat, but I'll be back in the car for day three and hopefully there will be another step forward. But I think we're on an upward slope, so as long as that progression continues, from what we can see around about us, we should be relatively clear".

Force India's chief engineer, Jakob Andreasen, added:

"Our second week in Barcelona has got off to a good start with another reliable day of running. Paul covered just shy of 100 laps and worked through the programme without any significant issues. The priority was to shakedown the second chassis, which we ran for the first time today, and that went smoothly with no issues to report. As the first race in Melbourne approaches, there are more developments arriving at the track and our task this week is to evaluate as much as we can. The first of those were on the car today, so we carried out some aero passes and had some encouraging feedback from Paul".

As mentioned above, Nico Hulkenberg will be in the car for day two tomorrow, carrying out more setup and tyre evaluation work!

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