Lotus Renault Abu Dhabi young driver test Wednesday report

Lotus Renault press release

Kevin Korjus took the helm of the R31 cockpit today during the second day of testing in Abu Dhabi. The opportunity gave him his first ever taste of an F1 car.

Kevin Korjus
Kevin Korjus

Photo by: Daniel James Smith

What we learned today:

•It was a day of firsts for Kevin: the day was based around getting Kevin comfortable in the car and giving him as much mileage as possible. He adapted to the car and the systems.
•Kevin did 70 laps which is not easy for someone making his debut in an F1 car, and he’s only 18 years old.
•We explored the set-up early on and changed a few things during the day – this included a little bit of the Pirelli tyre work and some aerodynamic testing. •Kevin’s feedback was good and he did a good job.


“It was very much a learning day for me – my first chance to drive the R31. The main priority was to give me a little bit of assessment; I gradually built up my confidence, and then by lunchtime I was feeling pretty comfortable with things. I was looking forward to doing some hard laps, but I must say it was really hard especially for my neck, physically and to learn all the buttons, and to do everything at the correct time. It is very different from the World Series. Now I feel I need a bit of rest.

By lunchtime I was feeling pretty comfortable with things

Kevin Korjus

Otherwise I really enjoyed the day because the car was just unbelievably good. It’s much quicker everywhere and I was particularly impressed by the brakes. I was definitely getting more and more comfortable because the brain starts to remember all the buttons. I learned there is still a lot to improve to be a really good driver in F1, and also I need to work a lot on my fitness but I’m very thankful for the opportunity Lotus Renault GP has given me today.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers James Smith , Kevin Korjus
Tags abu dhabi, kojus, lotus renault, yas marina