Di Resta ‘Fairly Positive’ Ater Testing VJM04 For First Time


Paul di Resta had his first chance to test the new Force India VJM04 today in Jerez, completing 64 laps on the third day of the second pre-season test.

The Scot continued the testing programme from where team-mate Adrian Sutil finished yesterday, concentrating on tyre evalution and establishing base-line set-ups.

However, as di Resta discusses, the day did not pass completely without incident. “We’ve still got a bit of work to do, but today was about determining the right way to go,” he said. “We did find that there were a couple of issues with getting temperature in the brakes on some set-ups, and on the final run of the day I locked up into turn nine and went off into the gravel. Overall I think we can be fairly positive with the progress we’ve made over the past couple of days and have a good idea of where we can go tomorrow.”

Circuit engineering director Dominic Harlow said that Di Resta’s mistake only cost them a few laps of running time today, and explained what his driver would be focusing on tomorrow – the final day of this test. “We continued to learn about the car [today], and found some good and some bad directions,” he said. “Unfortunately Paul locked the brakes at T9 on his final outing and had a small spin. There wasn’t any damage but with another red flag almost immediately afterwards there wasn’t time to continue so we missed a few laps.

“Tomorrow Paul will conclude the test, taking the opportunity to try the DRS [drag reduction system] rear wing in simulated race mode during the morning and further set-up work planned for the afternoon.”