Sahara Force India completed its penultimate day of Formula One pre-season testing with Paul Di Resta simulating a race distance complete with a pit stop drill for the entire team.
Di Resta completed 108 laps with the fastest being clocked at 1:22.446. “It was my final day in the car before the first race and it was a full programme with a race distance in the afternoon.
It’s good to get an impression of the car during continuous running and also to try and replicate the tyre compounds we expect to use in Melbourne,” Di Resta said.
“We’ve identified some more areas where we can improve in terms of balance,so that’s something to work on overnight before Nico gets in the car,” he added.
The team’s Chief Engineer Jakob Andreasen said similar testing would be done on the final day as well.
“As the end of winter testing approaches,we are focusing more on race preparations to make sure we are fully up-to-speed before we arrive in Melbourne,” he said.
“We therefore simulated a race weekend today with a race distance this afternoon,as well as a pit stop drill for the entire race team. It’s all about making sure everybody shakes off the winter rust and gets their eye in before Melbourne,because the next time we do it will be for real.
“The race distance today has taught us a lot about the operating window of the car and where we need to focus our efforts between now and Melbourne. The plan for tomorrow will be more of the same as we try to cover another race distance
with Nico,” he added.