Force India: We’ve definitely had more downtime than we would have liked

Nico Hulkenberg - Force India F1 VJM07

Nico Hulkenberg – Force India F1 VJM07

Sahara Force India completed a third day of testing in Jerez as Nico Hulkenberg got behind the wheel of the VJM07.

Day three statistics:

  • Chassis: VJM07-01
  • Laps: 17 laps
  • Mileage: 75 km
  • Fastest lap: 1:26.096
  • Classification: P6 

Nico Hulkenberg: “It’s difficult to give a lot of feedback after my first day in the car because most of my time was spent doing mapping and data collection with some constant speed runs. So I’ve yet to really get a feel for the car. My first impressions are that the new era of F1 feels very different to the car I drove in Brazil last year. It’s a very different sensation, but you have to remember [these are] very early days and there is a lot more to come. Things will evolve quickly over the next few weeks because the car is very much a work in progress and we still have lots to learn.”

Andrew Green, Technical Director: “We’ve definitely had more downtime than we would have liked today, but ironing out reliability issues is the priority during this first week of testing. We are still working through operational checks with the car and it’s a slow process with both physical inspection and data analysis every time the car runs. Each issue that we resolve represents progress and in that regard we’ve taken several more important steps on the road to getting the VJM07 ready for the first race of the season.” (Force India)

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