Barcelona Testing – Sergio Perez was only able to complete 39 laps in the VJM09 after encountering exhaust issues in the afternoon session.
The Force India team made a reliable start to testing, completing the third-highest lap count of the morning session.
Despite the strong start, the team were unable to complete any more laps for the remainder of the day due to the technical problem.
“We had an exhaust issue so we had to stop in the afternoon,” explained Perez. “The team is planning to be out early tomorrow.”
Speaking about his morning’s running, Perez believed the team had maximised their time on-track, despite having issues with the setup.
“My balance today was not really good, I expect more to come from there. I was expecting a lot more grip.
“I think the car has potential. There is a lot of exploration that we have to do with the setups. I think the morning went really well, although I only did 39 laps.
“We took the maximum out of those laps because we had a really good idea on what the car is like.”
Contrary to most opinions, Perez added that he thought the car might have more grip than he first anticipated.
“I think on the first day we’re all very curious to see what level of grip we are going to have. To be honest, I feel quite a lot more in the low-speed corners than the high-speed corners. Very similar to the past [cars], so not a massive difference.