The Force India drivers regretted the lack of dry running during Friday practice at Silverstone today, but looked to have a decent car in the wet conditions.
Adrian Sutil ended the day sixth on the timesheets, and team-mate Paul di Resta was right behind him. Nico Hulkenberg, who was in Sutil’s car for the morning session, completed 19 laps and was P9 at the end of the 90 minutes.
“It started raining just before the [afternoon] session and the track remained very wet for the whole afternoon,” explained Sutil. “I spent most of my time on the full wet tyre because there was a lot of standing water on the track. Then, at the end of the session, I was able to do my final run on intermediates. The forecast for tomorrow looks a bit better so we will hopefully get some dry track time.”
Di Resta is also hoping for a dry track tomorrow: “The track was wet all day so we didn't get a chance to do any dry running,” explained the Scot. “It was also quite windy and the conditions were not really consistent enough to do much useful running. However, we seem quite competitive and the balance of the car felt good right from the start of the day.
“It's a shame to have missed out on some dry track time, but everybody is in the same position. It means we will have a lot of work to do tomorrow – assuming it is dry.”
Force India Circuit Engineering Director Dominic Harlow explained that the team were at the mercy of the weather today, but did manage to collect some useful data.
“Both sessions today were dictated by the weather conditions and trying to find some kind of consistency between the showers to allow some objective testing,” he said. “It’s obviously difficult on days like today to gather good quality data, but we managed to evaluate some aerodynamic test items and work with the changes to engine mapping introduced for this race.”