Barcelona, Feb 27 (UNI) The Force India Formula One Team put up an encouraging performance during their debut test today at the Circuit de Catalunya, Spain with Giancarlo Fisichella posting the 12th fastest time of the day and Adrian Sutil the 16th.
The team continued its simulation of a race weekend, with set up and Qualifying work in the morning and long race-distance runs in the afternoon. Again red flags punctuated the session, but Force India managed to complete its programme for both the day and the test.
''It's been a good day and once again we did over 100 laps. We completed a race distance and, apart from the red flags, everything is going well,'' a visibly happy Fisichella said. ''I am quite happy because first of all the car balance was very good and then the times were very consistent. We are quite close to most of the other people, which is also encouraging. The team did a good job and I am very happy with the atmosphere now.'' Adrian Sutil echoed his team mate's sentiments,''We did a lot of laps today and it was good to have some long runs and a race simulation. Unfortunately the longer stints were not so good, mainly we were struggling a little bit to find the right tyre pressures.
''The most important thing though was that we did a full race distance and when we come back here it will be in completely different conditions. The Qualifying simulation in the morning went well and I am convinced for the next outing in Melbourne we will be fine. I am confident.'' The team will now go back to its Silverstone base to finalise preparations for the opening race of the season in Australia in just over two weeks.
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