Valencia, Feb 4 (IANS): Force India�s Adrian Sutil clocked the second fastest time while Narain Karthikeyan in the Hispania Racing car dropped nearly two seconds off his Wednesday�s pace as the first Formula One (F1) pre-season testing concluded here on Thursday.
The 34-year old Karthikeyan, returning to F1 after a five-season break, clocked a best of one minute, 16.535 seconds over 63 laps as against the 1:14.472 he did the previous day while focusing on different set-ups. The Indian completed 188 laps in the three-day session.
�I felt a little more comfortable with the car, the more running you do the more you get used to the brakes, the engine and the car in general,� said Karthikeyan.
�I think we planned the programme and we could carry it on. We mainly tried different setups on the car.
�All in all, I feel quite satisfied with the day�s work. I know I can improve a lot more, for sure, because I am driving the F1 car after a long break.
�Besides that, we tried different compounds of tyres today, as yesterday, just to get the feeling, to see how they work.�
The teams move to Jerez for the next round of testing scheduled for February 10-13.
Meanwhile, Sutil was back on duty for the Force India on the final day of the first pre-season test. The German completed more than 117 laps with the VJM03, the first time he has driven the car since the tyre test in Abu Dhabi last November.