Yeongam : Force India drivers today got the first feel of the brand new South Korea International F1 circuit during the free practice session for Sunday`s Korean Grand Prix here.
Adrian Sutil completed 18 laps on 5.621km track in the first practice session, in which he recorded 14th fastest time (1:43.602).
He although improved his timing (1:39.971) in the second session but stood 15th.
Tonio Liuzzi was 17th in the first session (1:44.887) but improved to 14th in the second (1:39.881).
"Learning about the new track was a real pleasure today. It has a nice flow and some great corners, particularly in the last sector where it bends into the pit straight. For a modern track it has got a lot of character and once we got some grip down it was fun to put the laps in.
"It got much quicker over the day and we know there is still a lot more to come, so part of the challenge today was trying to keep up with those changes," Sutil said.
Liuzzi, while sharing his experience, said, "The track was really interesting and fun to drive. The grip for the first 15mins of FP1 was so low it was hard to keep the car on
track but after that it was OK and then it improved all the time."
Dominic Harlow, chief race engineer, was satisfied with the results in the free practice session.
"It`s really proven to be as our simulations predicted and we`ve gathered plenty of data which we can now use to further validate and refine those initial results. There was some graining on the prime tyre and we found the option offered better grip.
"Tonio had a problem at the rear of the car during his final outing and stopped the car as a precaution, but otherwise it was a fairly normal and productive day. We tested some new parts that have behaved as we intended and, together with a few changes we plan to make overnight, we are looking forward to the rest of this first Korean Grand Prix weekend,"