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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.
“It was very much a learning day for me – my first chance to drive the R31,” the Estonian reported, having won three Formula Renault 3.5 races in 2011.
“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.
“I learned there is still a lot to improve to be a really good driver in F1, and I also need to work a lot on my fitness, but I’m very thankful for the opportunity Lotus Renault GP has given me today.”
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.
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