Belgian GP: Practice notes - Force India


Mixed weather in Spa saw today's practice sessions take place on varied track conditions as Paul Di Resta and Adrian Sutil completed busy programmes.

Adrian Sutil: "Quite an interesting day getting back in the car for the first time in almost a month. We were near the top of the times this morning in the damp session, but I had some balance issues to solve with the car so we made quite a few adjustments for this afternoon. When the sun came out the track conditions were very different so we tried some different downforce levels and need to choose the best approach for tomorrow. For the final few laps of the afternoon we made some progress and got the car closer to where we want it to be."

Paul Di Resta: "Conditions were mixed this morning, but it was much better this afternoon. It's safe to say that we seem to be further forward compared to where we were in Budapest and we always thought the car would be more suited to this track. At the moment it looks like we are in the mix for making the top ten, but we need to carry a bit more speed into qualifying. We know that the rain might come tomorrow, so we have to be ready to maximise the conditions."

Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal: "It's been a fairly promising start for us with plenty of running for Adrian and Paul, especially in the afternoon session. The programmes went to plan, giving us plenty to think about tonight, and we have as much data as anybody on the tyres. There's still some way to go to find the ideal balance with both cars and that's the main task facing us tonight. The big question for the weekend is what the weather will do because there's a good chance the rain will arrive just before qualifying. That would certainly make things interesting so we need to be ready to react quickly and be on track at the right time."

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Published: 23/08/2013
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