Paul di Resta said he was pleased with the progress being made by Force India despite a relatively low-key start to the final pre-season test for the Silverstone-based team.
The Scot was seventh quickest on the opening day of running at Catalunya as he completed the shakedown of the second VJM05 chassis – which is running for the first time in Spain this week.
With the focus on examining new parts and completing set-up work for the season opener in Australia, chasing an outright time wasn't high on the list of priorities but di Resta said he could see that progress is being made in finding performance from the car.
“Another busy day and we managed to tick off all the objectives once again,” he said. “The final test is all about adding new parts to the car, seeing how they perform, and getting our set-up sorted for Melbourne. I think we have a good idea of where we need to be based on the performance of the car today and Nico will continue with that work tomorrow. As I said last week, we are definitely making progress in terms of performance and we're getting a good understanding for the new 2012 tyre constructions.”
Chief engineer Jakob Andreasen was pleased with the outcome of day one, with the new car again running without any major issues on track.
“Our second week in Barcelona has got off to a good start with another reliable day of running,” he said. “Paul covered just shy of 100 laps and worked through the programme without any significant issues. The priority was to shakedown the second chassis, which we ran for the first time today, and that went smoothly with no issues to report. As the first race in Melbourne approaches, there are more developments arriving at the track and our task this week is to evaluate as much as we can. The first of those were on the car today, so we carried out some aero passes and had some encouraging feedback from Paul.”