Sahara Force India inside the top eight in first day practice in Singapore

Sahara Force India saw both its cars inside the top eight in both practice sessions for this weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix.

Nico Hulkenberg (VJM05/03 - FP1: P7 - 1:51.658 - 24 laps - FP2: P7 - 1:49.339 - 30 laps)

Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1
Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1

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Nico: “It’s been a positive Friday overall and I think we are looking competitive here. The rain at the start of the first session didn’t really have an impact on us and we still had plenty of time to get through the programme.

I think in terms of race preparation we can be happy because we focussed on long runs and have lots of information going into tomorrow.”

Paul Di Resta (VJM05/02 - FP1: P8 - 1:51.943 - 21 laps - FP2: P6 - 1:49.300 - 30 laps)

Paul: “I think you always need time to get up to speed on any street circuit so it was useful to have some trouble-free sessions and get the laps under my belt. The balance we have with the car is already looking good, but there’s always room to improve things overnight. So I think we’re in decent shape and the data collected should leave us well prepared for Sunday’s race.”

Jakob Andreasen, Chief Engineer: “It has been a typical Friday with all our usual systems checks and procedures. We also made sure to get both cars doing long runs on both tyre compounds, which will hopefully pay dividends on Sunday night.

The general balance of the car was good right from the first few runs and our pace looks competitive on low and high fuel. So a very productive day, the drivers seem happy and we have lots of data to study in order to improve further ahead of qualifying.”

Source: Sahara Force India Formula One Team

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nico Hulkenberg
Teams Force India
Article type Practice report
Tags di resta, force india, hulkenberg, sahara