Sahara Force India brought a week of testing to an end with 130 laps in the Bahrain heat, with Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez sharing driving duties throughout the day.
Driver: Esteban Ocon / Sergio Perez
Best lap: Esteban: 1:32.142 (P6) / Sergio 1:35.015 (P12)
Laps: Esteban = 60 / Sergio = 70
Esteban Ocon: “My focus today was on short performance runs. When you test a few days after the race at the same circuit it’s a good chance to make comparisons and feel the improvements to the car. Track temperatures were really hot this morning, but the car felt good in these conditions, which is a good sign.”
Sergio Perez: “It was only a half day in the car for me, but it was useful to have a solid afternoon to learn some things away from a race weekend. I worked on our race performance, which is one of our strengths, but there are still areas we need to improve. 70 laps is more than a race distance and we’ve learned some things that will help us in the races coming up.”
Tom McCullough, Chief Race Engineer: “It’s been a very productive day, which allowed us catch up with the test items that we didn’t manage to evaluate yesterday. This morning Esteban focussed on performance running and in the afternoon Sergio worked on long runs. It means we have collected all the correlation data which will improve our understanding of the VJM10 in the short and the long term.”