Sutil enjoys extended run for Force India

March 5th, 2009 - 3:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Jerez, March 5 (IANS) With cold and windy conditions prevailing, Adrian Sutil of Force India managed 79 laps with a best of one minute, 21.411 seconds as the official test session concluded here.
Sutil occupied the eighth and last spot on the time chart that former double world champion Fernando Alonso (Renault) topped with a blistering 1:19.945 over 130 laps here Wednesday.

Also on view was the reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) who was the seventh quickest among eight runners with 1:21.302 as his best lap despite a spin in the afternoon session that was marred by strong winds and a spell of rain.

Force India was able to run through the majority of its scheduled programme, which included set-up evaluations, tyre comparisons and a number of test items.

The team will now continue its pre-season testing preparations at the Circuit de Catalunya on the outskirts of Barcelona during a four-day test from March 9 to 12. .

Sutil was obviously pleased about his extended run yesterday and said: “This morning we had some good running with a lot of laps. We improved the balance of the car from yesterday and I was much happier. Right now we are just checking how the car reacts to different set-up changes.

“In the afternoon we then did quite a lot of tests with the tyres. We tried the soft, supersoft and medium compounds. On the long runs, they behaved quite differently and the biggest problem was with the graining. It happens very quickly, then gets worse and the grip never comes back. We are talking big differences in lap times - I have never had such a big graining issue, but I can see nearly everyone is struggling with a similar problem,” he said.

“On the whole I am pleased with today. We got a lot of very good information and can take this forward to Barcelona.”

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