Barcelona: Sahara Force India were done in by a "driveline issue" as the team completed just 36 laps on the second day of the Formula One pre-season testing here.

Nico Hulkenberg got behind the wheels for the outfit, recording a fastest lap time of 1:23.893.

"The day started well with some set-up work and new tyres runs, but we had some downtime in the afternoon, which limited my mileage. It's a bit frustrating, but we've had a pretty good winter so far and it's nothing to worry about," he said.

"I've got one more day in the car before we travel to Melbourne, so I will try to make the most of it and carry out a full race simulation," he added.

Team's Chief Engineer Jakob Andreasen also felt that plans went haywire.

"It hasn't been the most straightforward day as we lost most of the afternoon session with a driveline issue. The plan had been to attempt a race distance, so we will need to reschedule this for tomorrow when Paul is back in the car.

"Fortunately we had a productive morning when Nico carried out some new tyre appraisals of the hard and medium compounds, and we also ran through our race weekend procedures," he explained.

On the third day of the testing, Paul Di Resta will get behind the wheels before being replaced by Hulkneberg on Sunday.

(Agencies)