Nico hulkenberg of Sahara Force India F1 team clocked the fastest lap on day 2 of winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya Barcelona

Day 1 of winter testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona saw Nico Hulkenberg of F1 team Sahara Force India take his VJM05-02 around the track for 97 laps. His fastest lap for Day1 saw him clock a time of 1:23.440.

After Day 1, Nico Hulkenberg had this to say. “Once gain it’s good to do so many laps and I’m pleased with how things went today. It was only my second day in the car and I’m still bedding in and getting used to things, but after each run I felt a bit more comfortable. We started with some aero runs and more data gathering this morning, and then moved to longer runs in the afternoon. The car feels consistent and the drivability is good so I feel positive heading into tomorrow.”

Chief Engineer, Jakob Andreasen added, “Another busy day with a lot of mileage for Nico as he continues to build up his feel for the VJM05. We began the programme with aero sweeps and also evaluated some mechanical components to address some improvements we felt could be made to the car following the Jerez test. The car has performed well throughout the day with good reliability, which allowed us to focus on adding performance. We completed the majority of the programme and got through our long runs in the afternoon, which helped build up Nico’s knowledge of the hard and medium compound tyres.”

On day 2, German driver Nico Hulkenburg put Sahara Force India on top of the time-sheet, clocking the fastest lap time of 1:22.608 sec in 112 laps. At the second day of the Formula One pre-season winter testing, the test programme included aero sweeps, tyre comparison work, and long lap runs in the afternoon. The Barcelona testing schedule will see last year’s rookie, Paul Di Resta drive the VJM05 on 23th – 24th February.

Nico Hulkenburg said, “We started the day with some aero work – trying some constant speed runs and collecting more data. Then, the rest of the day was spent working on the balance of the car and trying out all four tyre compounds.” “I did some short runs, long runs and just got a feel for the tyre characteristics and how the car reacts to them. Once again the car has been very drivable all day and our baseline set-up has proved to be a good starting point for running all the different compounds.”

Sahara Force India team, Chief Engineer Jakob Andreasen had this to say. “Nico’s second day in the car saw a continuation of the programme we started yesterday with aero runs, balance and set-up work, and a full day of tyre comparisons. We got through all the items on the job list and once again the car has run faultlessly, which is a credit to the design team at Silverstone.” “Nico’s feedback on the handling of the car continues to be positive and we now have a good feel for the set-up directions we need to take to extract even more performance.”