Sergio Perez and the Sahara Force India team managed to run most of the compounds during the two sessions of free practice in Melbourne, with the Mexican believing they have identified a few areas that can still perform even better.
Force India will be eager to finish the first race weekend of the season ahead of Williams Martini Racing in hope of repeating their higher leaderboard position of last year; they at least managed that during testing today, although Williams are notorious for holding some of their performance back until the Saturday.
The Mexican also commented that Albert Park was its usual green self before the morning’s running broke the track in for the afternoon session. His best time was achieved during that first session, a 1:26.276, which proved good enough for tenth place.
“It’s always important to start the year with a trouble-free day and cover lots of miles,” he said. “As usual in Melbourne, the track was very green during the first session and evolved quite a lot for the second session.
“We tried pretty much all the tyre compounds and we have the data we need to make improvements tonight. I think there are a few areas where we can find performance and we know where we need to focus our energy.”