Philipp Eng drives his maiden Formula One kilometres in Mexico City. Mexico City, 6th December 2008. A dream came true for Philipp Eng (AT) at the "Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez" when the 18-year-old drove a BMW Sauber F1 Team car on two...
Philipp Eng drives his maiden Formula One kilometres in Mexico City.
Mexico City, 6th December 2008. A dream came true for Philipp Eng (AT) at the "Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez" when the 18-year-old drove a BMW Sauber F1 Team car on two occasions at the former Formula One track in the heart of Mexico City (MX). Eng earned this chance last year when he won the Formula BMW World Final in Valencia (ES). Twenty one talented youngsters from the three international Formula BMW series are now trying to follow in his footsteps.
"His maiden test was a very special day for Philipp Eng," said BMW Motorsport Director, Mario Theissen. "Not just the car, but also the track was completely new to him. He did a very good job. He benefited from the fact that on Thursday we ran less laps than planned. Therefore, he got some more laps behind the wheel of the car today. Apparently it did him some good to sleep two nights after his first Formula One experience. During his second appearance, he was really quick and consistent."
Eng was absolutely delighted with his appearances for the BMW Sauber F1 Team on Thursday and today. He said: "This has been a fantastic experience. On the first day I quickly got used to the car and gained confidence with every kilometre. You soon work out where the ideal points are for gear shifting, and also learn the perfect braking points. Then today I really felt at home in the car. It's a very nice feeling if you can improve with each lap you drive."
Before Eng, Marco Holzer (DE) and Christian Vietoris (DE) had also been rewarded with a Formula One testing opportunity following their victories in the 2005 and 2006 Formula BMW World Finals. Nico Rosberg (DE), Ho-Pin Tung (CN) and Sebastian Vettel (DE) are three former Formula BMW drivers who also gained their first Formula One experiences with the support of BMW.
Eng added: "A big thank you goes to BMW for giving me this great opportunity to drive an F1 car. I was mostly impressed by the brakes. The deceleration of such a car is very extreme and it is better than any other car I have driven so far in my career. This testing gives me a massive motivational boost to continue working with the same determination as in the past years."
For the first time, the young-gun series visits the American continent for this unique event. "To do my maiden Formula One drive here in Mexico City obviously added a lot to the special atmosphere", confirmed Eng. "This track has a long history and many great champions have celebrated victories here. I'm convinced the competitors in this year's Formula BMW World Final will also be especially motivated to score a great result here."