Giancarlo Fisichella was not the only one to believe there was more to come from Force India's first day at Jerez de la Frontera, with the entire team disappointed to see gremlins thwart its planned programme.

Although the day went without major drama, all sessions were marred by red flag periods, while a succession of minor mechanical issues and spins from both Fisichella and team-mate for the day Franck Montagny meant that progress was not as smooth as intended.

"Today was a slightly frustrating day of testing, with many red flags and a couple of minor mechanical issues on the cars, which meant we didn't get through our whole programme," chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne confirmed, "We still managed to get some useful information from the two drivers, however.

"Giancarlo worked on basic set-up and continued electronic systems development and, at the end of the day, was able to do a preliminary run on the 2009 tyres, which gave us some good information. Franck was working on electronic development and some set-up parameters, plus damper work, and similarly gave us excellent feedback. Once again, it was very useful to have this feedback from two professional drivers with experience of other cars."

The experienced combination covered 118 laps - more than 500km - and proved to be equally matched throughout the day before Fisichella finished a shade quicker than his French colleague.

"We did have a bit of bad luck with our new tyre runs," Montagny admitted, "We had two new sets of tyres - with the first set, I stopped and, with the other, there was a red flag. It was good fun though, and nice to work with the team.

"It was interesting to see how everyone works and I think we did quite a reasonable job together. Unfortunately, the track is quite hard on tyres and we had a lot of degradation, which doesn't help you do all the set up work we wanted to do today. But I enjoyed it all the same, and I think the team got some useful information."

Montagny makes way for Christian Klien to return to the line-up alongside Fisichella on day two of the test, the Austrian hoping to build on a promising run in Barcelona to press home his claim to race seat for 2008. Ralf Schumacher, Tonio Liuzzi, Roldan Rodriguez and Giedo van der Garde are all also expected to drive the F8-VIIB this week.

 

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