Korjus surprised by demands of F1 car
16 November 2011 – Kevin Korjus managed a highly respectable 70 laps as he drove a Formula 1 car for the first time on Wednesday, setting the eighth quickest time at Yas Marina for Lotus Renault GP. The Estonian is one of only two 18-year-olds taking part in the test.
“The main priority was to give me a little bit of assessment; I gradually built up my confidence and then by lunchtime I was feeling pretty comfortable with things. I was looking forward to doing some hard laps but I must say it was really hard physically, especially for my neck, and to learn all the buttons and to do everything at the correct time. It is very different from the World Series. Now I feel I need a bit of rest.”
Despite the demands of an F1 vehicle, Korjus thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“I really enjoyed the day because the car was just unbelievably good,” he continued. “It’s much quicker everywhere and I was particularly impressed by the brakes. I was definitely getting more and more comfortable because the brain starts to remember all the buttons.
The other 18-year-old in the field was Italy’s Kevin Ceccon, who ran with Toro Rosso and set the tenth quickest lap time.