Buurman hoping for F1 race seat by 2012
17 November 2010 – Yelmer Buurman very much enjoyed his debut outing in a Formula 1 car on Wednesday. Following a planned drive for regular Force India reserve driver Paul di Resta which concluded at half past ten, the Dutchman stepped into the cockpit and hopes to be racing in the sport within the next two years.
“Obviously it's an amazing experience to finally get out on-track in an F1 car,” he said. “You go into it expecting something and it's even more impressive than you imagined.
“I was really blown away by the performance and the steering, but I felt I got used to it quite quickly. It's been a great day although not everything worked out as planned, with several red flags that interrupted a lot of our runs.
“At the end we then stopped out on-track and ran out of time to do a run on the new tyres - and that would have put us higher up the order.
“This was my first step into F1. My aim is to do more F1 testing in 2011 - combined with GP2 or Superleague Formula - and to be a F1 race driver in 2012, with the support of some Dutch multinationals we are talking to.
“I am ready for it and like to thank Force India F1 for this test today.”