Force India driver sets fastest time on day two in Barcelona
By William Esler. Last Updated: 05/03/12 11:40am
Nico Hulkenberg: Fastest at Barcelona on day two
Nico Hulkenberg had a busy second day at the wheel of the Force India, completing 112 laps.
Having spent the morning working on the car's aerodynamics, the German fired out a marker to the other teams by setting the fastest time of the day.
Although it was set on the super soft tyres, the time showed that Force India are making progress as they look to close the gap to the teams at the front.
Hulkenberg said: "We started the day with some aero work - trying some constant speed runs and collecting more data.
"Then, the rest of the day was spent working on the balance of the car and trying out all four tyre compounds. I did some short runs, long runs and just got a feel for the tyre characteristics and how the car reacts to them.
"Once again the car has been very drivable all day and our baseline set-up has proved to be a good starting point for running all the different compounds."
Chief Engineer Jakob Andreasen was pleased with the progress the team are making with the VJM05, ahead of the season opener in Australia.
Andreasen added: "Nico's second day in the car saw a continuation of the programme we started yesterday with aero runs, balance and set-up work, and a full day of tyre comparisons.
"We got through all the items on the job list and once again the car has run faultlessly, which is a credit to the design team at Silverstone.
"Nico's feedback on the handling of the car continues to be positive and we now have a good feel for the set-up directions we need to take to extract even more performance."