Nico Hulkenberg says he had another flawless day in the VMJ09 as the Force India driver concentrated on long race stints rather than outright speed.

Having topped the timesheet on the only day he'd been in the new Force India challenger - day three of the first test - the German driver took a more constructive approach to testing by notching up a healthy total of 121 laps with a fastest time of 1m 25.760s to take eighth place overall.

Having gone over 2.5 seconds faster last week, Hulkenberg is confident his team already has strong single lap pace as he concentrated on longer stints in order to become more familiar with the new Pirelli compounds.

"It was a good day and we were able to get through a big testing plan," Hulkenberg said. "We had quite a few different objectives and specific items we wanted to look at, so to be able to do all that was a positive.

"We continue to build our understanding of the VJM09 and we explore ways to adapt to its behaviour. It's the usual learning process that takes place when you have a new car and you start developing it for the season. In the afternoon we were able to complete some long runs which were useful to learn about the way the tyres work."

Hulkenberg hands over to team-mate Sergio Perez for the second day of the concluding test before returning for his final day of pre-season on Thursday ahead of the 2016 season opener in Australia.



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