Daniel Juncadella revelled in the opportunity to gain more Formula One experience after testing for Force India at the Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday. The Barcelona-born driver had a couple of trips through the gravel which brought out the red flags but still managed to complete 91 laps and was pleased with the outcome.
“I enjoyed today. It was my second day of testing with the team and it was a valuable opportunity to continue learning about the VJM07. The last time I drove the car was in Jerez in January when the track was cold and damp, so it felt good to have a completely dry day. The main job today was to evaluate tyres for Pirelli so there was not really that much we could change with the set-up. The focus was simply on giving accurate feedback on the tyres and we delivered that successfully.”
Despite incidents across both days, chief engineer Tom McCullough described the test as a success and hopes to reap the benefits in the upcoming races.
“Overall it was a successful test, even though we did lose some track time due to the poor weather on day one and an early accident on day two. Yesterday, Nico’s test programme was geared towards gathering data that is critical to our on-going car development. This also included preparatory work for the upcoming races in Monaco and Montreal. The focus today was all about tyre testing for Pirelli with Daniel in the car. He gave useful feedback on the tyres and general car performance.”