03/05/2012

Mugello Test - Day Three

Results: Hulkenberg 6th (1:22.325), di Resta 10th (1:23.002).

Both race drivers took part on the final day of the Mugello test. The decision to allow di Resta to run in the morning and Hulkenberg in the afternoon was forced after reliability issues yesterday forced Paul di Resta to have little on-track action.

Although both took part today their laptimes are incomparable as the track was much quicker late afternoon when Nico was in the car. However the team gathered good data with 466 km of running completed.

Here is what the team had to say:

Paul di Resta (Sahara Force India driver):
"It was a much better day and good to get a reasonable number of laps in the car in dry conditions. We had a busy programme focusing on aero data collection this morning, aero balance and general performance work. The data we have seems encouraging and I think that we are well prepared for Barcelona".

Nico Hulkenberg (Sahara Force India driver):
"I think we have learned quite a lot today and it's a good way to end the test with a busy afternoon. There was a lot to get through, but the main priority was on understanding the car we have here and making sure we feel ready for Barcelona. There's a lot of data to go through before we get there and we also have to look at how the different tyre compounds behaved, but overall I'm pleased with the day's work".

Jakob Andreasen (Sahara Force India chief engineer):
"After a tricky start to the week I'm pleased that we have ended the test with a full day of running. The focus this morning was on aero work and we fitted several devices to the car, which allowed us to collect the most important data to continue our assessment of the latest car developments. Later in the day we moved towards set-up work, running new sets of the medium and hard tyres and extracting performance from the car. Before we leave Mugello I would like to thank everyone in the team for their efforts over the last few days to ensure we were able to complete the main items on our job list. It puts us in a good position as we head to Barcelona for next week's Spanish Grand Prix".

There is something i've picked up on that's very interesting. On Sahara Force India's website, as part of their day three report, they have put this:

"Chassis: VJM05-04"

Of course VJM05 is the name of this season's car, however -04 means that they are using their 4th iteration of the chassis! We've only had four races so far; shows just how fast the development rate is nowadays!

Combined Force India Laptimes
1) Hulkenberg (1:22.325, day 3)
2) di Resta (1:23.002, day 3)
3) di Resta (1:24.749, day 2)

4) Bianchi (1:25.475, day 1)

Doesn't count for anything, just thought we'd show the laptimes together.

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