Sahara Force India
chief engineer Jakob Andreasen admitted he was delighted with the way that the Young Driver Test at Magny-Cours had panned out after Rodolfo Gonzalez concluded the team's programme on Thursday.
The Venezuelan joined the team for the final day to continue the work carried out by Luiz Razia and Jules Bianchi
earlier in the week, and put another 350km of mileage on the VJM05.
It capped a solid end to the week and Andreasen said it had been a worthy outing for the team as it aims to impress through the remainder of the season.
“A good end to our test in Magny-Cours and it was good to work with Rodolfo for the first time,” he said. “We lost track time in the morning with the wet conditions, but the weather cleared up for the afternoon allowing him to run the hard, medium and soft tyres. So he was able to sample the car in all conditions, which is always valuable experience.
“We also made sure he carried out pit stop simulations and launches, as we did with Luiz earlier in the week. The other items on the job list included running different aero settings, which went smoothly. Overall it has been an excellent week with a super-human effort by the team to run this test alongside preparations for Singapore.”
Gonzalez himself was delighted with to have had the chance to test with the Silverstone-based squad.
“Today has been a great experience,” he said. “The conditions were quite difficult to begin with because of the wet start to the day, but it was good to try out the wet and intermediate tyres. The other main task was getting used to the control systems and building my speed and feel for the car.
“I'm quite happy with my pace today, although I think there was more to come because it was my first time driving at Magny-Cours and my first time in the car. The team did a great job of making me feel welcome and comfortable, and I really hope to get another chance to drive a Formula One car soon.”