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Robert Wickens says he is 'very proud' after finishing third fastest in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, with the Canadian enjoying full morning and afternoon sessions testing for the Lotus Renault GP squad. Having won the Formula Renault 3.5 crown this season, the 22-year-old wound up behind title rival Jean-Éric Vergne and Jules Bianchi.
"I’m pleased with what we achieved today," said Wickens. "I learned so much with everything, and Lotus Renault GP did an amazing job. The car really feels fantastic to drive. It has been fun and I can’t thank Lotus Renault GP enough for the opportunity they gave me to drive for the team.
"I’m glad I was able to drive in a car that put me towards the top of the grid. I was hoping to be in the top three today and to be third is really good. Obviously you can always find ways to improve but I’m sure that will come.
"I was surprised how different the Pirelli Prototype 2012 was compared to the normal 2011 tyre. I did a long run at the end with heavy fuel and I was able to do a very consistent 20 lap run on the Soft tyre, which is a good sign for next year I think. It’s the first time I’ve been able to do consistent, long runs and to really start understanding the tyres.
"I trained very hard all season, prepared for this young drivers test and I’m very proud of myself. I just wish I could stay a couple more days."
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