Abu Dhabi: Sahara Force India concluded its 2015 trackside programme with a busy day of Pirelli tyre testing at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. Driving duties were shared between the team’s race driver, Nico Hulkenberg, and development driver, Alfonso Celis Jr, who made his debut behind the wheel of a Formula One car.
Alfonso Celis said: “My first day in a Formula One car certainly lived up to expectations. The car had huge grip and excellent braking efficiency, but my experience in the Formula 3.5 car had prepared me quite well for this big challenge. I really enjoyed the experience and I’m pleased with how the day went. For the first few runs I took things steady while I got used to the car and all the systems. Then, with each run, I started to push more and more as I kept learning about the car. With the programme for the day set by Pirelli, I could simply focus on my driving and getting to know everyone. 2016 is going to be an important year for me as I continue working with the team so I’m pleased to have some valuable miles under my belt already.”
Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg said: “A trouble-free and routine day of tyre testing. Lots of laps, well over a race distance for me, and hopefully lots of useful information for Pirelli.”