Sahara Force India completed a busy practice programme in Bahrain ahead of Sunday’s race with Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon covering 117 laps between them.

Sergio Perez


Sergio Perez        VJM10-02

FP1:     1:34.095            P5                    22 laps
FP2:     1:33.319            P15                  34 laps            

Sergio: “We had a very straightforward day with lots of laps and no significant problems. There was a huge change in the track conditions between the two sessions when the temperatures dropped and the car was not as well balanced in the second session. It feels like we lost a bit of direction on both the soft and the supersoft tyre compounds, so this is something we need to understand and improve tonight.”

 


Esteban Ocon


Esteban Ocon              VJM10-01

FP1:     1:34.332            P7                    23 laps
FP2:     1:32.875            P12                  38 laps

Esteban: “The practice sessions went pretty well for me and I’m quite satisfied with our performance. I am feeling good in the car and this is a circuit I know well and enjoy. I was able to simply focus on performance and getting the information we needed about the new parts and the tyres. It was tough in the heat and it’s a demanding track on tyres so making them last and getting the performance from them is definitely the focus as we prepare for tomorrow.”

 


Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal

“We had a big test programme to work through today with several new parts to evaluate. We split some of the test items between the cars and now we need to understand what to carry forward into qualifying and the race. As was the case in Melbourne and Shanghai, there is a very close midfield pack and the margins will be very tight during qualifying. The drivers were not as comfortable with the car when the track temperatures dropped so we need to focus our attention on addressing the balance ahead of qualifying.”