Adrian Sutil declared himself pleased with the first outing for the new Force India VJM04 after the opening day of F1 testing at Jerez.
Sutil turned the first laps for the car on the first of four days at the Spanish venue, with the team using the day to check systems and shake down a number of new components.
As such, the German completed nothing more than installation laps during the morning before gradually increasing the length of his runs in the afternoon. In total, Sutil managed 28 laps and posted the seventh quickest time.
“A successful first day of testing for the new car - a big well done to all the team,” he said. “Out of the box it runs well and feels generally better than the 2010 car in every area. We had a good baseline set-up and balance, already the car is very smooth, which is always positive as then you can focus on improving performance.
“Despite a bit of downtime this morning with a problem with the floor we could still do 28 laps, which isn't too bad for a new car, and got in all our baseline runs. I've got a good feeling and tomorrow we're going to aim to put in some more laps, longer runs and look at different tyre compounds. It's too early to say where we are, but at this stage in testing I think we can be quite pleased and proud that the hard work everyone back in the factory and wind tunnel has - so far - paid off.”
Circuit engineering director Dominic Harlow was also happy with the day after the team achieved its aims on the first run for the car.
“Today was the roll out for VJM04, and as such we were looking to install and shakedown the car whilst increasing our run lengths and looking to reach stabilised temperatures,” he said. “The plan from there was to begin taking measurements and adjusting the car into our normal operating envelope and perhaps starting to sweep some set-up and control parameters.
“We lost a few hours today with a problem with the exhaust blast shields, which required some ingenuity to solve, but once that was done we covered the first of our objectives and completed just over 120km with no further issues. It was great to see the new car on track, and we have made a positive start to the test.”
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