Sahara Force India Formula One Team Friday practice roundup for 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix

The road incident before today’s free practice session in the run up to the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix did certainly make the Sahara Force India team take note. With 4 Force India team members caught up between protesters and police and a petrol bomb exploding close to their car, the team saw 2 members fly out of Bahrain in quick time.

Sahara Force India made it clear that they would not go through with the FP2 session so they could be back return to their hotel before dark. Team drivers Paul Di Resta, and Nico Hulkenberg completed 26 laps each in FP1 testing on medium and soft and medium tyres.

Running on a rescheduled programme the team will be back to clock their best times during FP3 for qualifying and the race day after.

Sahara Force India team driver Paul di Resta said, “The track was very green and dusty to begin with, but we got on with the programme quickly and did the usual balance work, cooling checks and got a feel for both the medium and the soft tyres. The baseline set-up was not a long way off, but our focus for tomorrow is to improve our performance in the low-speed corners.”

Nico Hulkenberg added, “It was a different approach to FP1 today and we made sure we ran all three sets of tyres to get the data we need for the race. The session went okay and the car felt quite good out of the box, although there is still some fine-tuning to do in FP3.”

Chief Engineer Jakob Andreasen said, “A very busy morning programme with a lot to get through considering we haven’t raced in Bahrain for a couple of years. After the initial balance checks we looked at our brake and engine cooling solutions and dialed the cars into the circuit with some mechanical and aero set-up work. We have pretty much used up our tyre allocation this afternoon, which has given us all the data we need heading into tomorrow when we can hopefully deliver a strong qualifying performance.”