Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez got his first opportunity to test the new Sahara Force India Formula One Team car, as he took over running the VJM09 on day two of winter testing from development driver and fellow Mexican Alfonso Celis on Tuesday.

Perez completed 101 laps over the course of the day on his way to setting the third fastest time of the day overall with a time of 1m 23.650s in the VJM09-02 chassis.

Speaking following his day in the car he commented by saying:

I’m pretty happy with my first day in the VJM09. Everything went according to plan and we covered lots of laps. The baseline of the car shows good potential and I’m already feeling quite comfortable with the car. There are still lots of things for us to explore on the aero and mechanical side, but we managed to complete almost the entire programme and we are definitely moving in the right direction.

Nico Hulkenberg will take over running the car on Wednesday before Celis completes the test on Thursday. Speaking following the on track action, the Silverstone based outfit’s Chief race engineer Tom McCullough commented by saying:

It’s been another solid day of work in Barcelona with Sergio covering 101 laps. A large part of the day included more aero correlation work and car sign-off tests. Sergio and his engineers also started to experiment with different set-ups while we continued to add more miles on the car. Sergio ran on the medium, soft and supersoft tyres during the day, giving us plenty of data for evaluation and comparisons.

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