Sahara Force India resumed its Barcelona test programme today with Nico Hülkenberg clocking up 121 laps with a best time of 1:25.336. Sergio Perez takes over driving duties tomorrow.
Laps: 121 laps
Mileage: 563 km
Best lap: 1:25.336 (P8)
Nico Hülkenberg: “It was a good day and we were able to get through a big testing plan. We had quite a few different objectives and specific items we wanted to look at, so to be able to do all that was a positive. We continue to build our understanding of the VJM09 and we explore ways to adapt to its behaviour: it’s the usual learning process that takes place when you have a new car and you start developing it for the season. In the afternoon we were able to complete some long runs which were useful to learn about the way the tyres work.”
Tom McCullough, Chief Race Engineer
“Another routine day of testing with ideal weather conditions for this time of year. The car ran reliably throughout the day and we covered 121 laps. We dedicated the early morning running to aero data correlation and fitted various test sensors to the VJM09. We then moved on to general set-up work and focussed on long run performance and further understanding of the 2016 tyres. Although the temperatures we see in these winter tests are not especially representative, it still gives us a reasonable idea of what we can expect from the early races. We need to analyse most of the tyre data tonight so that we can continue with the programme tomorrow with Sergio.”