Force India are prepared for a potentially wet qualifying session on Saturday after the team completed plenty of running in free practice on Friday.
Nico Hulkenberg posted the sixth fastest time in both sessions at Hockenheim to give the team a solid start to the weekend. Test driver Jules Bianchi completed 21 laps in the morning run, whilst Paul Di Resta contributed another 14 laps worth of data ahead of qualifying on Saturday.
“Another Friday practice where it was difficult to find a rhythm and get through the job list,” said Hulkenberg.
“In the morning the rain showers only gave us very limited time to run dry tyres, so I didn't really get a feel for the hard development tyre.
“The track surface here is also very smooth and it was quite low grip this morning, especially with the damp parts of the track. With the rain showers this afternoon, all we could do was understand the wet and intermediate tyres in case the wet weather continues tomorrow.”
Chief engineer Jakob Andreasen admitted that the conditions had made it difficult for the team to learn too much.
“Conditions like we saw today always pose a great challenge as we try to dial the cars into the track and understand the tyres,” he said. “Jules did a good job along with Nico this morning, although we had to reduce the programme and make sure we were out when the track was at its best.
“We still managed to pick up some aero data and completed our baseline dry set-up evaluation. The wet session this afternoon has given us a good read on the performance of the intermediates and the wets, but it was difficult to learn much more than that.”
by Dan Connor