Nico Hulkenberg finally clocked his first miles of the 2015 F1 season as he got behind the wheel of last year's Force India on the final day of testing in Barcelona, but it was still to be a truncated day for the German.

Hulkenberg - who, along with team-mate Sergio Perez was forced to sit out the entire Jerez test at the start of the month - completed just 36 laps on a windy and chilly day at the Circuit de Catalunya, posting a best time of 1m 26.591s in the VJM07 to end the day eighth of the nine runners. Nevertheless, he insisted his brief time on track had still been worthwhile as Force India prepares to launch its 2015 car in time for the final test next week.

"It was a very nice sensation to be back in an F1 car and getting the feeling of being in the cockpit again," he reported, "It was exciting and I really enjoyed my time driving the car and working with the engineers after the winter break.

"Unfortunately, our day was shortened by an issue with the power unit, something we will look into once the car is back at the factory. This, together with the very windy and cold conditions, made our work harder but every lap is valuable in pre-season. I am really looking forward to the final test next week and to try the new car - and I am especially looking forward to Melbourne and starting racing again."

The 304 laps Hulkenberg and his team-mates put together this week already out-strips the troubled McLaren squad and chief race engineer Tom McCullough insists that Force India still managed to learn something from the German's shortened session.

"It was not the most straightforward of days, with a few technical issues costing us track time," he confirmed, "A windy morning made it difficult to evaluate some of the items we were testing, but it still made for a useful first experience with the new Pirelli tyres for Nico, and we will be able to extract some data from those laps.

"Although we finish this test with a fairly frustrating day, over the four days we gathered a lot of useful information and we will put that into good practice for the start of the season."



Loading Comments...