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Force India tests Canadian Grand Prix aero package

New Delhi, May 17 (UNI) The Force India F1 team was unable to test their Canadian Grand Prix aero package due to heavy rain and cold temperatures which hit the third and final day of practice for the Monaco Grand Prix here.

The team had planned to test the aero package on the longer 1EV2-SC circuit after two days of productive testing at the shorter, twistier Paul Ricard circuit.

Unfortunately, however, heavy rain and cold temperatures made gathering any meaningful testing results difficult.

Force India driver Giancarlo Fisichella was first out for the team in the morning on the lower downforce aero package designed for the long straights of Montreal.

The Italian put in one run before the rain. However, a clutch problem led to a long stop in the garage and just as the issue was rectified, it started to rain heavily.

Giancarlo took the opportunity to conduct some testing in the wet conditions before handing the car to Adrian Sutil just after the lunchtime break.

''I did some running in the dry but then we had a mechanical problem and had to come in, which was a shame as then it started raining. We could still do 31 laps in the morning to try out the wet set up and made some improvements to the balance in the wet, which could be useful,'' Giancarlo said.

Since heavy rain fell throughout the afternoon, Adrian completed just 13 laps to continue Giancarlo's wet weather programme.

''This afternoon was very wet until the sun came out towards the end of the day. As such we started on extreme wets and got in a couple of runs to try out the wet set up. We did some starts and everything was OK, but with these conditions it is very difficult to draw any real conclusions,'' Sutil said.


Story first published: Monday, May 19, 2008, 4:39 [IST]
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