Force India waited until after lunch before sending the VJM04 out for the first time at the third pre-season test after a delay on parts arriving at the track prevented any morning running.
Paul di Resta was limited to just 26 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, but still managed the sixth fastest lap of the day.
“The guys did pretty well to get the car out on track today and towards the end of the afternoon we did some productive running to get a good baseline set-up for tomorrow when we’ll have a much more extensive test programme to carry out,” said the Scot. “I definitely feel there is more to come from the car and I’m looking forward to getting back out there to help the team get as much out of this test as possible.”
Circuit engineering director Dominic Harlow explained the reason for the parts delay, and how the lack of running in the morning was not actually much of a disadvantage to the team: “We didn’t run this morning as we were waiting for some parts to arrive at the track until early in the day, and the knock on effect of the turnaround from Jerez meant there was a lot to do to complete the car build. The track conditions weren’t good anyway, with wet, cold and slippery conditions so we felt we did not miss too much.
“The afternoon’s session was much better and we started our testing with some aerodynamic tests and tyre comparison looking at the new soft.”