Australian GP, practice: Good start for Force India 

Written by David on March 14th, 2008 at 10:05 amLast Update: March 17th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Force India F1 TeamGiancarlo Fisichella: “It was a good challenge today and it looks quite promising. We made a big step forward over the winter and, with the new development parts we have here, we are not looking too bad. I am happy with the job we are doing so far, both the team and myself are working well together, and although we know we still have a lot of work to do and it is going to be tough, it’s a good start.”

Adrian Sutil: “I think today went quite well. The track was slippery at the beginning, so it was difficult to find a good balance to start with, but after the first run I was happy and then we didn’t change so much over the sessions – really just fine-tuned everything. We had a small hydraulic problem before lunch but it was soon solved and we could do several longer runs in the second free practice with some quite good lap times. At the end it was a little bit unlucky I had some traffic on my fastest lap so I couldn’t do a good time with the new tyres, but tomorrow is another day and I think we should be much better than last year.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer: “A very good day concentrating on race set-up and tyre evaluation. The only mechanical problem we had was a minor hydraulic leak for Adrian in the morning, which curtailed his morning running, but it was no problem for the afternoon. Overall the tyres were dominated by front graining on the longer runs, but as the circuit improves I am sure that aspect will get better. On the whole though a very good day for the team that confirms the step forward we have made relative to the competition over the winter. We now have to carry that forward through qualifying and into the race.”

source: Force India F1 

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