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Force India testing programme hampered by the rain in Spain

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Force India’s testing schedule was disrupted by intermittent showers that plagued the third day of testing in Barcelona.

Adrian Sutil managed to complete his morning programme of baseline runs and set-up checks, but the mid-morning rain forced the team to change their afternoon plans, instead opting for performance runs rather than the scheduled race distance.

Sutil only completed 61 laps, and is looking forward to the better weather that is forecast tomorrow. “It was OK today but a little disappointing not to have been able to have more running. Again we have had rain so we had to wait some time to get some decent running. We only got 61 laps as I was hoping for better weather, particularly after last week’s test in Jerez. Tomorrow should be better so that’s when the real programme can start for me with a race simulation.”

Chief Race Engineer Dominic Harlow emphasised how important the final day of testing was for the team in his summing up. “A slight change of plan today when the rain arrived, meaning that Adrian shook down a new chassis, but also completed a number of set-up tests rather than focusing on longer runs. It was difficult to conclude too much because of the track conditions, but we were able to uncover some useful items. With the final day of 2010 winter testing tomorrow expected to be dry, we are planning final race preparation work and aiming to complete as many of our test objectives as possible.”

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