Force India test driver Paul di Resta clocked the seventh fastest time as,for the second day in row,inclement weather marred the Silverstone-based outfit’s testing at the Circuit de Jerez in Spain.
With heavy rain and high winds showing no signs of abating,Force India had to modify its testing schedule with di Resta getting another half day testing in the VJM03 before Vitantonio Liuzzi took over in the afternoon.
di Resta managed to get 33 laps under his belt and his best of 1:30.344 put him seventh in the 12-driver field,two places ahead of Liuzzi who made 24 laps with the best of 1:30.666,which put him just ahead of Lewis Hamilton.
he team made the most of the amended programme yesterday
to run through further set-up evaluation,plus race preparation and fuel and hydraulic systems checks. With no major issues the drivers completed over 250km in total.
“Unfortunately the weather was again very bad,but at this stage any running gives me more experience of the car and how the team works,” di Resta later said.
“I ran with the intermediate and wet tyres over the morning,which at least means I have got some solid experience of wet running and it won’t be such a novelty when I am faced with similar conditions in places such as Malaysia,” he added.
Liuzzi too was upset with the weather.
“The weather was so difficult with the constantly changing conditions. It seemed to rain every hour and then dry,but it never reached a stable level. It was either too dry for wets or too wet for dry tyres so you couldn’t get a consistent indicator of the performance,” said the Italian.
“We did a few pit stop simulations and runs to get a bit more information and the car still seems to be responding well to changes. In these conditions though it’s very difficult to get a good understanding of what’s going on but everyone has the same weather,we just have to do what we can,” he added.
Adrian Sutil will take over the car today while Liuzzi will be back tomorrow to conclude the test.