Valencia: Force India`s new signing Paul di
Resta excelled on day two of the winter testing programme at
the Valencia permanent circuit, competing more than 100 laps
and posting the third best time of the day at the 3.92km
Spanish track here.
His fastest lap of 1:13.844 was behind Ferrari`s Fernando
Alonso (1:13.307) and current world champion Sebastian Vettel
(1:13.614) of Red Bull.
India`s Narain Karthikeyan, who made a return to Formula
One circuit after signing with HRT, timed 1:17.769 to finish
Di Resta contributed to an extremely productive day as he
gathered more information on the performance of the three
Pirelli tyre compounds available this week.
"Another good day of testing for the team, gathering lots
of information for the guys to work on as we prepare for the
debut of the VJM04 next week. We`re now understanding a lot
more about the performance of the Pirellis and the differences
between the compounds, particularly with regards to long and
shorter runs and different fuel loads," Di Resta said.
"At this stage we`re not going for times, just trying to
get representative data to work on. I`m feeling good and well
integrated into the team and my new role, there`s a really
positive atmosphere, which will set us up extremely well for
next week when the new car testing programme starts," the Scot
Circuit engineering director, Dominic Harlow, said the
day`s programme was intended to compare the various tyre
compounds` performance with the first day`s as the track
"During the course of the session the circuit should have
reached something approaching race conditions in terms of the
laps run on it, so it`s interesting data. It was a productive
day and we also worked on some systems development for the
VJM04. Adrian (Sutil) will be in the car tomorrow for the
final day here," Harlow said.