Adrian Sutil was in the new Force India for Day 3 of the Jerez test, taking advantage of much improved weather conditions to complete 69 laps.
The team completed a programme of long and short runs, looked at weight distribution, and concentrated on race preparation.
Sutil was pleased with the chance to test the VJM03 on a dry track. The German had a few problems with tyre usage, but is confident things will be resolved when it comes to race day. “The tyres at the moment are quite difficult to handle as the soft compound grains up very quickly in the low temperatures. The mediums last a bit longer but still grain after 10 or 12 laps. There’s no way to avoid it at the moment but I’m not too concerned as I am sure they will handle better in the higher temperatures we’ll see in the races.”
Chief race engineer Dominic Harlow was also pleased that the torrential rain that affected the region last night had disappeared for today's test. “After last night’s rather dramatic flooding a much better day in Jerez. Adrian looked at weight distribution and car set-up during the session. Dry running today has allowed us to learn some interesting things about the car and the 2010 tyres. We were only really limited by a number of red flag periods.”
Tonio Liuzzi will be in the car for Force India tomorrow.