Sergio Perez says he is already feeling quite comfortable in the new Force India VJM09 and that the baseline is showing "good potential".

Test and reserve driver Alfonso Celis completed the first runs with the car on Monday, before Perez took over today, posting a 1 minute 23.650 second lap, which left him third on the timesheets.

"I'm pretty happy with my first day in the VJM09. Everything went according to plan and we covered lots of laps," said Perez, who did 470 km in total, just over 100 tours.

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"The baseline of the car shows good potential and I'm already feeling quite comfortable with the car. There are still lots of things for us to explore on the aero and mechanical side, but we managed to complete almost the entire programme and we are definitely moving in the right direction."

Tom McCullough, Force India's chief race engineer, was similarly encouraged: "It's been another solid day of work in Barcelona with Sergio covering 101 laps. A large part of the day included more aero correlation work and car sign-off tests. Sergio and his engineers also started to experiment with different set-ups while we continued to add more miles on the car.

"Sergio ran on the medium, soft and supersoft tyres during the day, giving us plenty of data for evaluation and comparisons."