After missing the first F1 pre-season test of the year in Jerez two weeks ago, Force India is finally on the road to Barcelona for its initial on-track running of 2015.
The team will use its 2014 car, the VJM07, in Barcelona next week, sporting a new livery and 2015 nose. The VJM08 is then expected to make its first public appearance at the final test one week later.
Speaking to the BBC last week, deputy team principal Bob Fernley confirmed that the new car would not make its debut until late in the final Barcelona test, confirming that the VJM07 will be used at first.
“The question for me is only how much of the third test we will participate in,” Fernley said. “We won’t make the second test at all, although we are looking at taking the 2014 car there to do a little bit of driver and tire work.
“I’m hoping we will make the start of the third test with the 2015 car, but we have to get as much of it as we can.”
In a post on its official Twitter account, Force India confirmed that its trucks and team was leaving the factory bound for Spain ahead of the start of the test on Thursday.
— Sahara Force India (@ForceIndiaF1) February 13, 2015
Although the late debut for the 2015 car will leave Force India on the back foot for the start of the F1 season in Australia in March, heading to Barcelona with last year’s runner will still allow drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg to shake off any winter rust and get some track time.