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Fisichella does 76 laps in testing

January 16, 2008 14:54 IST

Giancarlo Fisichella had his first official day behind Force India wheels, completing 76 laps, more than a full race distance, on the second day of testing at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in Spain.

The 35-year-old Italian continued the team's programme of set-up work and integrating the 2008 standard electronic control unit.

Fisichella's best lap time at yesterday's testing was 1:20.764.

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

Adrian Sutil will take over on the third and final day of the test for the Vijay Mallya co-owned team today.

"Not too bad today. The circuit was damp in the morning, but by mid-day it was getting better. We did most of the programme, but unfortunately we had some minor mechanical issues," Fisichella said.

"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," he added.

Force India chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne termed Tuesday's testing a productive one for the team.

"A better day with improved track conditions and especially fewer red flags, which made for a more productive day of running," he said.

"We worked through a range of set-up options with Giancarlo and made some improvements to the car, so in general a useful day," he added.

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