Formula 1 – Force India – Jerez Test – Day 3

February 10, 2012

Formula 1

It was a day of limited running for Sahara Force India in Jerez following a small off for Jules Bianchi early in the session. The mechanics worked hard to repair the right rear corner of the car, but ultimately the team was missing one small brake component, which prevented the car from returning to the track. The replacement part is expected to arrive this evening to allow Nico Hulkenberg to get his first run in the car tomorrow morning.
Day Two Stats:
Chassis: VJM05-02
Laps: 1.5
Mileage: 6 km
Fastest lap: None set
Jules Bianchi: 
“I made a small mistake on my second run. The tyres were a bit cold and I spun into the gravel and touched the wall with the right rear wheel. It was not a very big impact, but it caused some damage. I’m very sorry because my mistake has cost the team a lot of time and effort. Going away from here I want to focus on the positives because we had a very good day yesterday and I’ve really enjoyed working with the team this week.”
Andrew Green, Technical Director
“A bit frustrating to lose some track time today, but we will take it on the chin because we had two very productive days earlier in the week with plenty of mileage. The damage to the car was not that significant, but a lack of spares at this time of year meant we could not go back out in the afternoon. The car will be ready for tomorrow morning when Nico gets his test programme underway. We will resume the aero work we started this morning and make the most of the tyres that we saved from today’s limited running.”
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