IRL: Sarah Fisher's McLaren drive notes

American Racing Driver Sarah Fisher enjoyed her drive in the West McLaren Mercedes Formula One car. American female racing driver and TAG Heuer Ambassador Sarah Fisher became the first woman to drive a Formula One car since 1992 when...

American Racing Driver Sarah Fisher enjoyed her drive in the West McLaren Mercedes Formula One car.

American female racing driver and TAG Heuer Ambassador Sarah Fisher became the first woman to drive a Formula One car since 1992 when she completed her demonstration run in the West McLaren Mercedes Formula One car yesterday afternoon. The 21-year-old did three laps of the 4.192 KM / 190.139 miles Indianapolis Motor Speedway Grand Prix circuit in the West McLaren Mercedes team's spare car which this weekend has been set up for regular driver Kimi Raikkonen.

"I was quite nervous before the start of the demonstration, but once we got going I really enjoyed myself," said Sarah. "I think most American racing drivers will agree that the ultimate is to drive a Formula One car for a couple laps to see what it's like. I did expect the high g-forces in the corners, but the acceleration and braking is something else. There is no doubt that you need an incredibly quick reaction time in order to drive a Formula One car and the entire experience was great. The grip is unbelievable and I wish that I could have done a few more laps to familiarise myself more with the car. I didn't really push as I didn't want to end up making a mistake and Kimi had told me to be careful. I'm grateful to the West McLaren Mercedes team, TAG Heuer and Bernie Ecclestone for making this happen. The team has been great and I'm looking forward to spending the rest of the weekend with them."

"We are pleased that Sarah enjoyed her drive in the West McLaren Mercedes MP4-17," said Martin Whitmarsh, Managing Director, McLaren International. "We saw this as a way of further promoting Formula One in the USA and provide Sarah with a taste of the sport. At the moment there are no plans for Sarah to test the car as she is fully committed to her IRL programme but we will definitely keep an eye on her progress."

"The team enjoyed working with Sarah and liked her approach very much," said Norbert Haug, Vice-President, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. "We believe such an event is important to create opportunities for young talents. McLaren and Mercedes are well known for their young driver programmes and to give Sarah the chance for her first Formula One run fits well with this objective."

"As the reference in prestigious and performance sportswatches, TAG Heuer has the same values as West McLaren Mercedes. Sarah shares our obsession for excellence and achieving superior results, which is what drive our watchmakers to craft the best time pieces in the world. What she achieved yesterday really impressed all TAG Heuer colleagues around the world," added Jean-Christophe Babin, President & CEO of TAG Heuer.

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Series Formula 1 , IndyCar
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Sarah Fisher , Norbert Haug , Bernie Ecclestone , Martin Whitmarsh
Teams Mercedes , McLaren