Sahara Force India Formula One Team’s Sergio Perez completed a total of 39 laps as winter testing got underway at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya on Monday.
The Mexican, driving the VJM10-02 was forced to cut his day short due to technical issues but had a productive morning and ended the day in seventh place with a fastest time of 01:23.709s and speaking following his run in the car, Perez stated:
It was a day of two halves. The morning was very productive: we managed to do a lot of what we had planned and we tried some different set-up options and tyre compounds. Things were looking quite positive throughout the morning and we had the chance to learn a lot from our new car. Unfortunately we didn’t run in the afternoon as a precaution and that cost us some track time. Hopefully tomorrow we can make up the lost ground with Esteban in the car: with a solid day, we can complete the rest of our programme and move forward with the plan.
Sahara Force India Formula One Team’s Chief Race Engineer Tom McCullough commented by saying:
The morning went largely to plan as the VJM10 completed its first few laps. We built up the mileage on the car, doing short runs at first and then increasing the lap count. This allowed us to complete the basic systems checks on the car. We also started some aero mapping and got a useful first understanding of the 2017 tyres. Our work was cut short with an exhaust issue and we ended the day early as a precautionary measure. We are looking forward to tomorrow, when Esteban is in the car for his first experience of the VJM10.
Esteban Ocon will take over running of the VJM10 on Tuesday as he gets his first chance to drive the new car.