Jerez: Formula One newboys Force India endured a tough day in testing here with the experienced Ralf Schumacher and Tonio Liuzzi behind the wheel.
On his first run in the Force India car on 6 December, former Williams and Toyota driver Schumacher experienced hydraulic problems and then had to abort his shorter runs due to the stoppages.
“It was a difficult day as it was my first time with the team and I had to learn about how to work with the 2008 electronics,” said Schumacher.
“Unfortunately we had some problems with the car in the morning and then lots of red flags in the afternoon, but when we went for the long runs it was quite promising.
“When we had some new tyres on, unfortunately in the morning we didn’t get it right, and the second was interrupted by a red flag. Although it was a difficult day, it was still good and I think we did get some good information.”
James Key, the team’s technical director, admitted it had been a trying experience.
“Overall it was a difficult day with several stoppages, however this morning was quite productive,” said Key.
“Tonio got a fair few laps in and gave some good feedback, which seemed to take the car in the right direction and his shorter runs were consistent.
“For Ralf it was more difficult as we had some issues with the car initially, which unfortunately slowed things down, especially as it was his first time with the team and his first without control systems.
“Over the longer runs it came together pretty well for him though and he was very consistent.”