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Force India pleased with rookie test

Sahara Force India pleased with results of Young Driver Test at Magny-Cours
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.”



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Rodolfo Gonzalez (VEN), Sahara Force India Formula One Team   13.09.2012. Formula One Young Drivers Test, Day 3, Magny-Cours, France.
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Ambik - Unregistered

September 14, 2012 4:01 PM

Its nice that SFI chose to run a YDT program in between the season. But as Jakob mentioned before that the development of VJM05 is done and that the next year car development has started,I wonder how much of a purpose this YDT has served to the SFI now? Cause it was much purposeful for the other two teams to have a YDT now.SFI could have run in Abu Dhabi instead. Also the car has started looking competitive at recent races(atleast in the qualis),without much of a rule change for 2013,why the SFI has stopped developing the VJM05? Most of the teams are and will push hard to the end of the season. I just wonder.

Ben Doone - Unregistered

September 14, 2012 6:08 PM

Well when I saw "Force India delighted with Rookie test" I thought so LH must be still undecided. Of course I still think the best team for him is 'Joe Gibbs Racing' C mon now lets see some style boy!



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