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Nicolas Prost has stressed that lap times meant little across Tuesday’s Young Driver test in Abu Dhabi. The 31-year-old Frenchman, son of four-time Champion Alain who works closely with engine supplier Renault Sport F1, drove Sunday’s winning Lotus car.
“Today was my first real experience of a Formula 1 car,” he began. “I had driven the R30 before, however it’s now two years old and uses different tyres so it’s quite different to my experience today. I’m obviously very happy and I’m impressed by the car; it’s a massive step up, even from the R30.
“For me, it was like a real test driver’s day and we trialled a lot of parts. We only worked on the Hard tyres, so were obviously not looking for pace, but we have been analysing the data and I have been comparing myself with Kimi (Räikkönen) and Romain (Grosjean)’s telemetry. Obviously I’m missing a bit in some corners, but others are quite good.
“For my first day I think it’s very positive and I did the job the team asked of me, so it’s been a very good day.”
Out of a full-time racing series this year, Prost Jr. finished third overall after taking two pole positions from five races in the 2011 Le Mans Series. He was Champion in Euroseries 3000 in 2008 as well as in the Andros Trophies of 2009-10 and 2010-11.
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