As was announced last week, Damon Hill, former Formula One World Champion, completed today a test drive with a GP2 car in Paul Ricard, France along other former F1 drivers like Adrian Campos, Jaques Laffite and Patrick Tambay. For each of the...
As was announced last week, Damon Hill, former Formula One World Champion, completed today a test drive with a GP2 car in Paul Ricard, France along other former F1 drivers like Adrian Campos, Jaques Laffite and Patrick Tambay.
For each of the four drivers, this journey ment a return to a racing car after a long time. They all used the series development car at different turns during the activity.
The 1996 F1 World Champion was the third driver on the track. Hill quickly clocked competitive lap times showing his 43 years didn't lose him the speed. . "It's really is a very good car", commented Damon after the test. "It's exactly what any young driver needs to prepare him for Formula One", he said under the watch of his protege Steven Kane in the pits.
It was the very first time for Hill in a cockpit since his retirement at the end of the 1999 season.
The Spaniard Campos also had his opportunity. Campos owns a team in GP2 and counted on the presence of his young drivers, Sergio Hernandez and Juan Cruz Alvarez, to advice the boss. "It's the best car I've ever driven in my life!", he stated.
Both French drivers completed the day. Laffite wowed onlookers with some very sideways action out of the final corner of the French track. "That was something very special. This car is so fast, it made me feel like a boy again", expressed the 61-year-old driver.
Tambay was the last on the track, after the lunch break. The former Ferrari driver mentioned that he shouldn't come to the test, because now he wants to go back to racing. "I haven't driven anything like this in 20 years, and now I just want to start racing again", said the 54-year-old.
This special journey was a good test for the series to know the thoughts about the GP2 machines in the hands of consecrated and experience drivers.