Force India's 2010 Formula One challenger, the VJM03, made its official testing debut at the Circuit de Jerez on Wednesday, with Vitantonio Liuzzi covering more than 300km in a largely trouble-free session.
With wet conditions dominating proceedings, the team's programme focused on system familiarisation in the morning and balance runs in the afternoon and, without too many teething problems, it was able to finish the plan and create a solid platform for the rest of the test.
"We are pleased to have completed just over 300km in what turned out to be mostly wet conditions," chief race engineer Dominic Harlow confirmed, "The work consisted of general characterisation of the new car's systems and, tomorrow, we will continue this process and start to find out more about the balance and the 2010 tyres. It's really good to be back at the track and to see the team working together again in earnest for the first time in 2010."
Liuzzi will continue in the VJM03 on Thursday before Adrian Sutil takes over on Friday and Saturday. Newly-appointed reserve Paul di Resta will get his hands on the VJM03 in part two of the Jerez test, on 17 February.
"Today was definitely a good beginning to our testing programme," Liuzzi confirmed, after posting a best time of 1min 24.968secs in the single dry hour of running, "It was mainly about getting comfortable in the car, running through the systems, but we did more than 70 laps and the car was reliable with no big issues, which is a very good starting point. Unfortunately we did just three laps in the dry in the morning before it started to rain, but we are pretty happy with how the day ended and now are looking forward to tomorrow - where, hopefully, the weather will be better."