On the first day of competition the final test of the season, in Abu Dhabi, Force India has achieved his goal of finishing within the top 10 solid and no major mechanical problems, in view of attacking that fourth line that will be the main rival of Williams.
Sergio Pérez led the efforts of the team during the two batches. In the afternoon, less representative than usual, was sixth with a 1:44.155, while time went down along with the temperatures at night up to 1:42.041, although their position also suffered, falling to eighth.
The mexican driver believes that the positions are those in which the team had hoped to get in this first contact:
“it Has been a positive day, we’ve managed to complete a great program, and we have sufficient information to analyse tonight. Looking at the times, I don’t see any great surprise: we are where we were before it began on the weekend, and we made a good preparation for the race. The track improved a lot between sessions, especially with the lowering of temperatures, but I think that we are close in terms of setup”.
Nico Hülkenberg ceded his seat at the first session of the free, but that doesn’t stop him from going fast from the start in the second, falling to two-tenths of Sergio Perez in ninth position with a 1:42.264. He said that is not yet entirely happy with the behaviour of the car, but he is confident that the modifications will provide the time missing:
“I Was in the car only in the afternoon session, but was not a great disadvantage, because it is then when the track conditions are representative of what we will experience in qualifying and race. I felt good with the car from the beginning, and I’ve been able to find a good rhythm fast. There is still some work to do with the balance, because it is not as I want yet, but we should find some more grip at night”.
In the first free, Alfonso Celis Jr. he held the car of Nico Hülkenberg for the sixth time this season. The mexican, to which the system of Superlicencia prevents progress beyond its position as the third pilot, stayed near the top 10 in the first session, although more than a second of Perez, and expressed to be satisfied with what is shown here, a year after his debut at the wheel of a Formula 1 on tests to the post-season:
“Here is where I made my debut in Formula 1 a year ago, so that was the opportunity to show how much I have learned in these twelve months. Every time I get in the car, it becomes increasingly easy to, and getting to know the team means that, once I put on the helmet, I only have to worry about my riding. I’m happy with my performance today, working on the list of tasks and giving the team enough information to study this evening”.