Encouraging day for Fisico and Force India

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Giancarlo Fisichella completed his first official day of testing with the Force India Formula One Team today at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit, Spain. The Italian, 35, continued the team's programme of set-up work and integrating the 2008 standard electronic control unit. Over the day he completed 76 laps, more than a full race distance.

Although the track was damp in the morning, with far fewer red flags than Monday, the team was able to make up for yesterday's limited running and complete the greater part of its programme.

Adrian Sutil will take over for the third and final day of the test tomorrow.

Mike Gascoyne, chief technical officer
"A better day today with improved track conditions and especially fewer red flags, which made for a more productive day of running. We worked through a range of set-up options with Giancarlo and made some improvements to the car, so in general a useful day."

Giancarlo Fisichella "Not too bad today. The circuit was damp in the morning, but by midday it was getting better. We did most of the programme, but unfortunately we had some minor mechanical issues. At the end with the new tyres there was a possibility to have a faster time, but unfortunately there was traffic and then I made a mistake, but it's quite encouraging. I think we can improve quite a lot as we are going in the right direction."

Testing data
Driver: Giancarlo Fisichella
Track: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Best lap time: 1min 20.764
Laps completed: 76
Kilometres completed 330km