Perez: It’s always special when you feel the power after 3 months...

Perez: It’s always special when you feel the power after 3 months away

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Sergio Perez

Force India wrapped up its first week of testing in Barcelona as Sergio Perez drove the VJM11 for the first time.

“After three months away from the track, it’s always a special moment when you feel the power of an F1 car again”, Perez said. “It really makes you smile. It’s just a shame the weather has been so poor this week. It’s limited our mileage and made things a bit more difficult. [On Thursday it] was all about getting through the run plan and helping the team understand the car more. I think next week will give me a better idea of what we can expect when we arrive in Melbourne.”

Force India wrapped up its first week of testing in Barcelona as Sergio Perez drove the VJM11 for the first time

The team worked on its aero program when the weather at the Spanish circuit allowed it, adding to the data gathered on Tuesday.

“We worked through various parameter changes and all the usual tasks for the first week with a new car. It’s not been the easiest of weeks, largely due to the weather, but we are gradually ticking off the jobs on the schedule. Next week’s programme will focus more on tyre evaluation and performance running”, chief race engineer Tom McCullough added.

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