Sahara Force India continued its pre-season testing programme as Esteban Ocon drove the VJM11 for the first time.
Best time: 1:21.841
Position: P9 of 11
Mileage: 368 km
Esteban Ocon: “It was very cold today so we just had to try and make the best of the conditions. There was even snow at the end of the day, which is not what you expect when testing in Barcelona. Despite the cold weather, I was able to get a good feeling for the car. It’s still early days – only day two of testing – and there is a long way to go, but we are making progress and learning lots of things. It was my first full day with the halo and I got used to it very quickly. By the end of the day you don’t think about it when you’re driving and that surprised me.”
Tom McCullough, Chief Engineer: “The day got off to a slow start due to the track conditions, but when we finally got going, the car ran reliably and we made good progress through the run schedule. We adjusted our programme to do more aero rake runs early in the day, when the track was not very representative, and then picked up where we left off yesterday to continue our work of understanding the aerodynamic characteristics of the new car. We were able to perform some long runs as well, but unfortunately the weather turned for the worse again in the middle of the afternoon, which limited the time we could spend on track.”