Tonio Liuzzi resumed testing for Force India today at the official F1 tests in Jerez, putting the VJM03 through it’s paces, posting a mid table time of 1:20.754, one place ahead of seven time world champion Michael Schumacher.
Today’s dry session gave the Silverstone based team the perfect opportunity to work on aero development through the morning before moving on to comparison runs of the new Bridgestone tyre compounds.
Chief race engineer Dominic Harlow was glad to get some dry track time today explaining “Since it was the first time the car has run in the dry we have a fair amount of new data to analyse, but so far the car appears to be performing as we expected.”
Liuzzi was happy with his track time “We covered a lot of laps and a lot of the test items we wanted to.” explained the Italian. “For sure we still have to look into a few more areas but overall the car is responding well and reacts to all the changes.”
“We tested different settings and different conditions and overall it was always positive, so I have to say we can be really satisfied about how it’s going. The team did a good job and now we have to keep pushing for the next days of testing as we still have to extrapolate the best out of the car.”
Adrian Sutil takes over test duties for the third day of testing in Jerez tomorrow.