Vitantonio pleased with solid day's testing

New Delhi, May 15 (UNI) Force India's test and reserve driver Vitantonio Liuzzi was very happy after completing over 100 laps when testing for Force India Formula 1 at Paul Ricard.

The team is having a three-day test at the Circuit de Castellet ahead of the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix and Liuzzi busied himself establishing a baseline set-up for the remainder of the test.

He also tried out the team's 'Monaco spec' aero developments, a fresh high-downforce package designed for the particular challenges that drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil are likely to face in the street race.

Liuzzi, ninth fastest, used only hard tyres with the fastest of his laps coming in at 1 minute and 07.346 seconds.

''We did more than 100 laps with no reliability problems, which let us test some new development items for Monaco, including some of the new aero parts, and some new updates to the suspension,'' said the former Toro Rosso man.

''We had to work on the balance a bit at first to adjust to the new items, but over the longer runs it was very consistent and we could make some steps forward.

''As we only used the hard tyres today, the lap times were pretty good in comparison to the other teams who used the soft tyres, which gives a big performance advantage over the harder compound. I think today was quite a good start for the test,'' Liuzzi added.

Force India driver Adrian Sutil will take over from Liuzzi this morning, before handing the wheel to Giancarlo Fisichella in the afternoon.


Story first published: Thursday, May 15, 2008, 11:35 [IST]
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