With the 2012 Formula 1 Young Driver Test drawing to a close in Abu Dhabi this afternoon, Davide Valsecchi topped the times for Lotus F1 Team at the Yas Marina Circuit as attention now turns to next week’s United States Grand Prix.
You’ve topped the timesheets today and hardly broken a sweat! How are you feeling? It’s been a really good experience for me; I was very pleased with my sessions and followed everything the team asked of me without making any mistakes. I took it very easy in the morning so I could get used to the car and soon become more confident, meaning towards the end I was much better in terms of pace. The team listened to my feedback and made the changes I suggested, particularly towards the end of the running. I want to say thank you to Lotus F1 Team who have been fantastic; the engineers and the mechanics have all been brilliant and it has been a great day for me.
It wasn’t easy; at 11:30 it was very hot indeed!
How exhausting was it? It’s very hot here, and it’s been a long day… It wasn’t easy; at 11:30 it was very hot indeed! The only thing that was not fantastic from my point of view was that my seat was not incredibly comfortable, but it was good enough to be quick and that’s the main thing! I had my own seat made at the factory in Enstone, but it’s always hard to have it perfect; particularly on just one day.
Did you feel a big difference in this car to that of the Caterham you tested last year? This car is top level; you can’t forget that Lotus F1 Team have just won a race! It was great to drive.
|2||Kevin Magnussen||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||1m42.827s||51|
|4||Robin Frijns||Red Bull Racing||1m43.233s||53|
|5||Oliver Turvey||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||1m43.604s||44|
|6||Luiz Razia||Scuderia Toro Rosso||1m45.286s||68|
Times are unofficial
Lotus F1 Team