Motorsports: Force India fourth fastest on wet trackMarch 3rd, 2009 - 1:55 pm ICT by IANS
Jerez (Spain), March 3 (IANS) Despite heavy rains lashing the circuit, Giancarlo Fisichella of Force India was the fourth quickest on the second and penultimate day of the official test session.
Fisichella managed just 54 laps, the least among the eight runners, clocking a best of one minute, 31.547 seconds as compared to the top three of Timo Glock (Toyota, 1:30.979, 89 laps), Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber, 1:31.327, 70 laps) and Nico Rosberg (Williams, 1:31.451, 114 laps) here Monday.
Running on extreme wet and standard wet Bridgestone tyres, Fisichella displayed good pace but problems with fuel system precluded a more extended run in the brand new VJM09.
“Considering the amount of laps we did today, it was quite encouraging. It was a reasonable time and six-tenths off the fastest, so I am quite pleased,” said Fisichella who will make way for Adrian Sutil for Tuesday’s test session.
The team’s technical director James Key said: “Again, difficult weather and we missed some of the better conditions in the morning as we had a few technical issues. It was the same problem with the fuel system, but we found a solution from mid-morning onwards that allowed us to do some more running.
“Other than this problem, the car has been very good, and we ran through a programme of systems checks and balance comparisons between the extreme and the standard wet tyres. We’re confident we’re on top of the issues now and can get on with the programme tomorrow, where we will look at some more set-up options.”