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Winners get perks.
That's what the most recent victor in the GP3 Series, 20-year-old American racer Conor Daly discovered following his race win during the Barcelona opening round of GP3 last weekend. On Thursday, May 17 Daly will assist the Sahara Force India Formula One with scheduled aerodynamic testing of their VJM05 at Cotsworld Airport in Gloucestershire, England.
Daly visited the team's Silverstone headquarters on Tuesday for a seat fitting and to familiarize himself with the systems on the car; it was a chance to get to know the engineering staff he'll working with and to run through the functions on a Formula One steering wheel.
The test program on Thursday is one of four full-size aerodynamic tests that Formula One teams are permitted to complete over the course of a racing season; the focus is to measure aerodynamic forces to correlate with their wind tunnel data.
"I am so excited to get my first taste of a Formula One car, but more importantly, to have the opportunity to help Sahara Force India develop their aero program," said Daly. "My career is on a great path right now and this is a significant step for me in understanding how complex a Formula One car can be. I want all of my supporters to feel the same excitement that I'm feeling right now."
Sahara Force India-Mercedes F1 team currently campaigns two VJM05 race cars for Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg. Di Resta lies 12th in the driver's standings with 15 points while Hulkenberg has three points, good for 15th place. The team holds eighth place in the constructors' championship.