Barcelona Day 3: Force India report

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Feb.27 (YF1) Adrian Sutil replaced Tonio Liuzzi in the Force India VJM03 for testing at the Circuit de Catalunya today. After a switch to the second race chassis overnight last night, Adrian’s morning programme was principally concentrated on baseline runs and set-up checks. Unfortunately when rain fell mid-morning the team was forced to change its afternoon plans to include performance running rather than a race distance as originally scheduled.

Adrian completed just 61 laps as a result, setting the seventh quickest time of the day, a 1:22.606. He will continue the test programme tomorrow.

Adrian Sutil: It was OK today but a little disappointing not to have been able to have more running. Again we have had rain so we had to wait some time to get some decent running. We only got 61 laps as I was hoping for better weather, particularly after last week’s test in Jerez. Tomorrow should be better so that’s when the real programme can start for me with a race simulation.

Dominic Harlow, chief race engineer: A slight change of plan today when the rain arrived, meaning that Adrian shook down a new chassis, but also completed a number of set-up tests rather than focussing on longer runs. It was difficult to conclude too much because of the track conditions, but we were able to uncover some useful items. With the final day of 2010 winter testing tomorrow expected to be dry, we are planning final race preparation work and aiming to complete as many of our test objectives as possible.