Force India Barcelona test, day 3 report

Sutil takes over VJM04 for day three of Barcelona test

Sutil takes over VJM04 for day three of Barcelona test

20 February 2011 - Adrian Sutil took over the VJM04 for the third day of the Force India F1 Team's four day test at the Circuit de Catalunya, Spain. Rain the morning gave Adrian the opportunity to try the wet and intermediate Pirelli tyres for full laps for the first time, getting useful information on the crossover period between the two compounds. Work also continued on set-up and evaluation of the drag reduction system, or moveable rear wing.

Adrian covered over 100 laps with a best time of 1:25.720, the eighth quickest lap of the day.

Adrian Sutil A lot of laps again today, without any real reliability issues, so my second day of good driving in the car. The rain before the start of running gave us the chance to complete full laps on the wet tyres after only doing install laps on them with Paul on Friday. As the track dried later on we moved over to the intermediate and then to the dries after lunch. We didn't get the opportunity to try the supersoft tyres at the end of the day, which would have given us an improvement in lap time, but overall the balance is getting there and we know there's a lot more to come from the car. The DRS [drag reduction system] is working well and we're going in the right direction with everything we do now.

Dominic Harlow, circuit engineering director Wet conditions quite similar to day one this morning and we collected some useful data on both the wet and intermediate tyres. In the afternoon a dry programme allowed Adrian to compare the tyres and evolve the set-up. He covered a solid mileage and we're expecting slightly better conditions tomorrow to conclude the test in a similar fashion.

Testing data Driver: Adrian Sutil Track: Circuit de Catalunya, Spain Best lap time: 1:25.720 Laps completed: 102 Kilometres completed: 475km Air temperature: High of 15 C Track temperature: High of 18 C Weather: Wet in the morning, drying in the afternoon

-source: force india

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Adrian Sutil
Teams Force India
Tags barcelona, force india