Nico Hulkenberg was back in the VJM05 car for the start of Sahara Force India's second winter test here and the programme included tyre comparison work, aero sweeps, and long runs in the afternoon. Hulkenberg completed 97 laps and his fastest lap was 1:23.440 seconds.

Force India chief engineer Jakob Andreason felt the car has performed well. “Another busy day with a lot of mileage for Nico as he continues to build up his feel for the VJM05. We began the programme with aero sweeps and also evaluated some mechanical components to address some improvements we felt could be made to the car following the Jerez test. The car has performed well throughout the day with good reliability, which allowed us to focus on adding performance.

Another Sahara Force India driver Paul di Resta is scheduled to test on Thursday and Friday.

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