It was a pretty straightforward and satisfying day of practice for the Force India Formula One team after they achieved the objectives of the run plan, which included some test items split between the two cars.
They were encouraged to see that their baseline set-up was not too far away from ideal and both drivers were pretty content with the feel of their cars by the end of the afternoon.
Track conditions were very good with relatively consistent track temperatures and very little wind to upset the cars.
The program included the usual combination of performance runs and long runs across the three tyre compounds, which means they now have plenty of information to help their decisions in regard to tomorrow’s qualifying hour.
“There’s not a huge amount to say really because it was a routine, standard day of practice,” said Nico Hulkkenberg. “We just worked through the run plan with no dramas and collected all the information on the different tyre compounds.”
“We looked competitive, but it’s only practice, so I would expect much tighter margins tomorrow when we get to qualifying. I’m feeling positive, though, because we’ve started well and I’m already pretty happy with the car balance.”