Král and Valsecchi make F1 debuts with HRT
17 November 2010 – Hispania Racing ran two drivers two GP2 drivers as the 2010 Formula 1 Young Driver test came to a close in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
On-track on the morning was Josef Král, who was out of action for much of the season after suffering a Mark Webber-like accident in Valencia.
“I am very thankful for that,” the Czech said of his F1 opportunity. “The car was great and I really enjoyed doing 61 laps today; the first ones were a bit difficult but then I got more and more used to driving around and could go quicker.
“Unfortunately, I didn’t sit properly in the car as I am taller than the regular drivers of the team, so my head was further up and it made it harder to drive, but it was a successful day for me and I hope to be in a Formula 1 car again in the future.”
Italian Valsecchi, the GP2 Asia Series Champion of 2009-10, was also delighted with his outing.
“Driving a Formula 1 car for the first time today was a moment I will always remember the rest of my life,” he smiled.
“After waiting for this moment to arrive for so long, when I finally got in the car I concentrated on getting as much experience as possible and therefore I took it easy.
“I couldn’t put the sectors together on my fastest lap, otherwise I could have done even better, but I am happy with the result. I had to get used to the Option (softer) tyre and couldn’t really use it, but with more time to work on the setup of the car and more experience with this tyre compound I think that I could have been even quicker.
“I want to thank the team for giving me this incredible and unique opportunity to do 32 and to have made my dream come true.”