Sutil takes over for day three of Force India test
12 February 2010 - Adrian Sutil took over the the VJM03 for the third day of the Force India F1 Team's testing programme at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Again heavy rain from approximately 10:00hrs blighted running for the majority of the day, however Adrian completed some dry laps before the weather front arrived. His best lap, 1:21.428, was posted in this dry period and remained the third fastest time.
Adrian's programme followed on from Tonio's schedule of the previous two days, with systems checks, long runs and set-up evaluation. The heavy rain and frequent red flags compromised some of the schedule, however Adrian completed 48 laps before an electrical fault halted him on track some 90 minutes before the end of the session.
This morning it was nice to have some dry running. The car is good and I think it's a positive place to start. I'm very confident on the general speed of the car. Unfortunately the rain came in quite early and then it was really waiting for reasonable conditions to go out. We had a problem in the afternoon that caused us to miss a bit of track time, but considering it was so wet it would have been very difficult to get a lot of running in anyway. I'm pleased to at least have had some dry running and some more time in the car and am looking forward to getting started again tomorrow.
Dominic Harlow, chief race engineer
Today's programme attempted to condense dry weather testing into the start of the day, and following the expected onset of rain at mid-morning we moved to aerodynamic testing. Some further new components were introduced successfully and the intermediate and then wet conditions allowed Adrian to look at tyre options for these conditions. We had an issue that resulted in some downtime in the afternoon, but with the weather worsening it didn't cost us much track time and that is what testing with a new car is about.
Driver: Adrian Sutil
Track: Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Best lap time: 1:21.428
Laps completed: 48
Kilometres completed: 213km
Air temperature: High of 13 C
Track temperature: High of 10 C
Weather: Very rainy
-source: force india