Force India report from the final day of testing at Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, in Spain.
- Driver: Esteban Ocon
- Chassis: VJM08-01
- Laps: 94 laps
- Mileage: 438 km
- Fastest lap: 1:27.520
- Classification: P6 of 9
Sahara Force India completed a final day of testing in Barcelona as 18-year-old Frenchman, Esteban Ocon, drove the VJM08 for the first time.
Esteban Ocon: “I was very happy to get the opportunity to drive today and I’m pleased with how things went. It’s always good to get more experience in a Formula One car and I’ve learned a huge amount about this car and this team. We worked on a lot of things – mainly on the aero side and we completed most of the things we had planned. The team has given me some good feedback and I improved during the day – step by step with each run. I hope I get another chance to drive a Formula One car soon.”
Tom McCullough, Chief Race Engineer: “It has been a pleasure working with Esteban, who is clearly a very talented young driver with a bright future ahead of him. Due to the late call-up, he was at the track until quite late last night completing the seat-fit and getting comfortable in the VJM08. We also had to get him up-to-speed with some of the systems on the car and the steering wheel. The programme today progressed relatively smoothly and Esteban did an excellent job. He settled in quickly and improved with each run. Overall it has been an encouraging test for us. We have gathered an enormous amount of aero data using special instrumentation all over the car – data that it’s impossible to capture during a Grand Prix weekend. Analysing this information will play an important role as we push to improve our car performance going forward.”