'Successful first day' at Jerez for Sutil
11 February 2011 – Adrian Sutil enjoyed a strong opening day at Jerez after getting his first taste of Force India’s new VJM04 on Thursday. The outfit’s 2011 contender features a blade-style roll hoop, along with many changes under the bodywork according to Technical Director Andrew Green. Despite only completing 28 laps, Sutil was optimistic about the pace of his 2011 challenger.
“A successful first day of testing for the new car - a big well done to all the team,” Sutil said. “Out of the box it runs well and feels generally better than the 2010 car in every area. We had a good baseline set-up and balance, already the car is very smooth, which is always positive as then you can focus on improving performance.
“Despite a bit of downtime this morning with a problem with the floor we could still do 28 laps, which isn't too bad for a new car, and got in all our baseline runs. I've got a good feeling and tomorrow we're going to aim to put in some more laps, longer runs and look at different tyre compounds.”
Sutil admitted that he would need more time in the car before starting to gain a perspective on where his team will be in terms of pace this year, but the German is remaining confident ahead of the upcoming season.
“It's too early to say where we are, but at this stage in testing I think we can be quite pleased and proud that the hard work everyone back in the factory and wind tunnel has - so far - paid off,” Sutil concluded.