Fore India: We understood a lot more about our new car

Force India report from the fifth day of preseason testing at Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, ahead of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship.

Force India completed more than 90 laps as the sun finally shone over the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Sergio Perez: “It’s been a good day of running. We tried several different tyre compounds and understood a lot more about our new car. I only have one more day in the car before Melbourne but today gave me a lot more confidence about where we are now, with both the car and the set-up.”

“We still have a lot of work before we are where we want to be, but hopefully, we’ll be in a good shape by the time we arrive in Melbourne. It’s difficult to say how we compare to the other teams because we are all on different programmes and fuel loads, but I am excited about this year; it’s going to be very interesting.”

“Pirelli have been quite aggressive with the compounds and that should give a lot more strategic options, which should hopefully make for some exciting racing.”

Tom McCullough, Chief Race Engineer: “We had a very busy programme today and the key objective was largely catching up on what we couldn’t achieve last week because of the weather. It was good to have a dry day and to run reliably.”

“Our main focus was on gathering critical aero data and we also started working on some set-up items ahead of the first race of the season. We are doing our own programme and just focussing on what we need. We are satisfied because it’s been a productive day, but there’s still a lot to do in the rest of the week.”