Force India's technical director, Andrew Green has said the Silverstone-based outfit left the first pre-season test at Jerez last week feeling 'positive'.
Paul di Resta, Nico Hulkenberg and third driver, Jules Bianchi were all in action during the four-day test and in the end they combined to complete over 300 laps with the new Mercedes-powered VJM05. It was a good effort, especially given the problems on day three, when Bianchi went off early on. Although the damage was limited, the repair required a part that was not to hand, and as such no further laps could be completed, meaning Hulkenberg's first run had to be delayed until the fourth and final day.
“Nico was in the VJM05 for the first time on Friday, so the focus was on making sure he was happy and allowing him to build his confidence with the new car,” Green said.
“At the same time we spent the morning ticking off some set-up items and working through the aero programme we started yesterday. The afternoon gave us a chance to let Nico get a better feel for the 2012 tyres as we ran both the soft and the medium compounds.
“Overall I think we can come away from Jerez feeling positive. The car has run reliably, the initial feedback from the drivers is encouraging and we've learned a lot about the set-up directions we want to explore over the coming weeks.
“I also want to highlight the tremendous effort from the team at the track this week, backed up by the staff at Silverstone, which helped ensure we got the most from our first test with the new car.”