Force India on course for Jerez test

Force India are confident their new VJM05 will be on track at the first pre-season test after passing all its FIA crash tests.

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This season the FIA have introduced a new regulation into Formula One, which states that no team may test their new car until it has undergone - and passed - all the mandatory crash tests.

However, Force India's 2012 challenger, the VJM05, came through with flying colours, according to technical director Andrew Green.

"We're on schedule, that's the good news," he said. "It's been a little bit tougher this year, having to homologate the chassis prior to testing.

"So there was a little bit of extra planning involved to get that sorted. The chassis has been homologated since December.

"There were a lot of fingers crossed. You're hoping everything does what all the analysis says it should have done. It's always nice when you reel off the tests one-by-one without any dramas at all. It's a real credit to everybody."

The 2012 car is expected to make its debut at the first of the pre-season tests, which begins at Jerez on February 7.

"There's always a buzz around when it's happening," Green said.

"I've been looking at the car in its model form for a while now. But for a lot of people when it comes together will be the first time they've seen it. It's always an exciting time when the car fires up for the first time, and it's been born."

But while there is excitement, he concedes there are also plenty of nerves as the team waits to see how their car will measure up to its rivals.

"It is a busy time for us, and there's a huge unknown as well. We don't know how well we've done over the winter compared to our competitors, and thus there's a bit of anxiety just waiting to see what everyone else comes up with. So there's that side of it too."


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