Saturday, February 2, 2008

Fisichella enjoys productive first day in Barcelona



Force India F1 driver surprised a few as the Italian finished in fourth in Friday's time sheets. Fisichella recorded a best lap of 1.23.015, which was almost a second faster than Spyker F1's qualifying time at last year's Spanish Grand Prix.



Giancarlo completed 100 laps of the circuit, the most of any driver today, with a programme that focussed on improving set-up and reliability. With no major mechanical problems over the day, the team completed the planned work and looks forward to continuing the programme with Tonio Liuzzi tomorrow.



Giancarlo Fisichella commented on his day of testing: "It was a good day today and I think we made a lot of progress. We did some runs to work on set-up and looked at some parts to improve reliability and had no big problems over the day. I felt more comfortable in the car too - we are definitely going in the right direction and the times were pretty good. I'm very happy as we're showing the potential we have now."



Mike Gascoyne, Force India's chief technical officer, said: "A very productive day of testing that was only spoilt by the numerous red flag periods we experienced. The car ran reliably with no real problems and we completed a full programme of set-up and reliability work. As you can see, we have made good progress with Giancarlo and can count this as a very pleasing day. We now have to maintain this with Tonio and Adrian over the next two days."

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