Paul di Resta was limited to just 26 laps on the opening day of F1 testing at Catalunya after Force India was hit by delays with a number of parts arriving at the circuit.
The delays caused meant the Scot was unable to hit the track until the afternoon to run through a short programme focused on putting more miles on the new VJM04.
Having been able to get a good base set-up en-route to the sixth quickest time, di Resta will now return to action tomorrow to complete more meaningful running with the car before handing over to Adrian Sutil for the final two days.
“The guys did pretty well to get the car out on track today and towards the end of the afternoon we did some productive running to get a good baseline set-up for tomorrow when we'll have a much more extensive test programme to carry out,” he said. “I definitely feel there is more to come from the car and I'm looking forward to getting back out there to help the team get as much out of this test as possible.”
Circuit engineering director Dominic Harlow admitted that poor circuit conditions during the morning meant the team hadn't lost out as much as they would have done in the dry, with some meaningful data collected from the running completed in the afternoon.
“We didn't run this morning as we were waiting for some parts to arrive at the track until early in the day, and the knock on effect of the turnaround from Jerez meant there was a lot to do to complete the car build,” he said. “The track conditions weren't good anyway, with wet, cold and slippery conditions so we felt we did not miss too much.
“The afternoon's session was much better and we started our testing with some aerodynamic tests and tyre comparison looking at the new soft.”
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