Nicholas Latifi completed 103 laps for Sahara Force India in the first day of testing at the Hungaroring. Development driver Nikita Mazepin will take over driving duties tomorrow.
Best time: 1:19.994
Position: P7 of 10
Mileage: 451 km
Nicholas Latifi: “It has been a very productive day of testing and I was happy to get many more laps behind the wheel, getting more and more confident with each run. The majority of our programme was built around the new aero parts for 2019, based on the new set of regulations for the sport: it was interesting to feel how they worked on the car and to gather data for the team. In the afternoon we got caught out by the rain, which meant I didn’t get to do the fun part – the performance runs we had planned with hypersoft tyres. I was a bit disappointed to miss out on that but that’s how it happens sometimes. I am still pleased with my performance today and I am looking forward to being in the car again soon.”
Tom McCullough, Chief Engineer: “It was overall a successful day. We managed to get all the aero data we set out to obtain, something that was critical for our 2019 car development. We had a new front wing on the car, alongside other test items and instrumentation. Nicholas didn’t put a foot wrong all day – he settled straight back into the team and, as it was clear from the previous times he was in the car, he was able to do useful work from the first lap. The heavy rain showers in the afternoon meant we had to cut our programme short, but we still managed a solid 103 laps so we can be satisfied with our work.”