Force India: New compounds are a challenge for all the teams

Paul di Resta
Paul di Resta

Sahara Force India completed a second day of work in Barcelona as Paul Di Resta remained in the VJM06. Tomorrow Adrian Sutil takes over driving duties before Jules Bianchi gets his chance for the final day on Friday.

Day Two Numbers:

  • Chassis: VJM06-03
  • Laps: 62 laps
  • Mileage: 289 km
  • Fastest lap: 1:23.917
  • Classification: P8 of 11

Paul Di Resta: “We stopped a little bit early today, but we still got plenty of running under our belt and we’re learning more and more about the car as we go along – that’s what winter testing is all about. Understanding the tyres is always a priority and we’re getting a feel for the degradation rates, which have been quite high, although we have to remember that the track temperatures here are lower than we can expect at most races. We’ve run most of the tyres apart from the super-softs so far. Learning about the tyres and a new car at the same time is never easy, but we’re pretty pleased with how things have gone during the first couple of days.”

Jakob Andreasen, Chief Race Engineer: “Another routine day of winter testing, starting with the usual aero work this morning, short runs before lunch, and longer runs this afternoon. We had a few small reliability issues with the car, which meant we were a bit short on our lap count for the day, but overall we covered off a lot of test items and tried some different set-up directions with the car. The track conditions have been reasonable with the temperatures in the mid-twenties for most of the day, and we’ve concentrated on understanding the tyres as much as we can. The new compounds are a challenge for all the teams, but we’re getting the information we need to be ready for Melbourne.”