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GP Week : Issue 154
Thursday was a busy day for straight-line aero tests, with both Force India and Caterham taking to the track. Force India’s test took place at Cotsworld Airport, near to the team’s Silverstone base. Behind the wheel of the VJM05 was young American Conor Daly, getting his first experience of driving a Formula One car. “I am so excited to get my first taste of a F1 car, but more importantly, to have the opportunity to help Sahara Force India develop their aero program,” Daly said. “My career is on a great path right now and this is a significant step for me in understanding how complex a F1 car can be. I want all of my supporters to feel the same excitement that I'm feeling right now.” Daly, son of Irish F1 driver Derek Daly, is currently running second for Lotus GP in the GP3 drivers’ standings following a win in the Spanish sprint race. Caterham conducted their own straight line aero test at Cambridge’s Duxford Aerodrome, giving Venezuelan racer Rodolfo Gonzalez a shot behind the wheel. “[Gonzalez] is one of our young drivers,” explained team tanager Graham Watson. “For him it will be a fantastic experience because he will get running in the car and also some understanding of how the car works aerodynamically.” Gonzalez has been competing full-time in GP2 since the 2010 season, following a few sporadic appearances in earlier years. For the 2012 season the Venezuelan made the move to Caterham Racing, where he competes alongside Caterham F1 reser ve Giedo van der Garde. Under current FIA regulations teams are allowed to conduct four one-day aerodynamic tests “on FIA-approved straight line or constant radius sites” over the course of the season. Teams can choose to substitute any of these days for twenty-four hours of full- scale wind tunnel testing. FORCE INDIA, CATERHAM CONDUCT AERO TESTS CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO After his 2010 attempt at an F1 comeback bore no fruit, Christian Klien has had to look elsewhere for a drive The former Red Bull driver this week announced that he would be joining the Supercheap Auto Racing team for the two lomg-distance rounds of the Australian V8 Supercar championship, including the infamous Bathurst 1000 at Australia’s legendary Mount Panorama. “I am very excited with this opportunity, to be joining Supercheap Auto Racing and Russell Ingall for the biggest V8 Supercar races of the year is an honour,” Klien said. “After the Gold Coast, I was determined to come back and do more V8 races. It is a strong championship with extremely competitive racing, massive crowds and excellent TV coverage throughout the world. Mount Panorama is one of the world's great circuits and the Bathurst 1000 is world- famous – it's a must-do race in any racing driver's career – I can't wait to get to the mountain in October.” 'MOUNTAIN MAN' KLIEN Jenson Button tested a V8 Supercar at Bathurst last year as part of a PR stunt ... F1 >>> NEWS 7 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: