Leimer completes F1 test at Paul Ricard
27 May 2014 – Reigning GP2 Series Champion Fabio Leimer tested a 2012 Lotus Formula 1 car at the Paul Ricard circuit in the south of France on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old, who got the run as part of his prize for winning F1's main support category last year, completed 78 laps and around 300 kilometres. He used Pirelli demo tyres, as required by the current regulations, completing 42 laps in the morning on shorter runs and 36 laps in the afternoon on two long runs.
"It was an absolutely fantastic experience and I really enjoyed myself," said Leimer, who last drove a F1 car in 2011 when he took in the Abu Dhabi Young Driver test with Sauber.
"In the morning we had a bit of understeer due to the conditions, but during the long runs in the afternoon I developed a really good feeling with the car and tyres; the medium tyre in particular was very consistent.
"It was a great opportunity and I could certainly see the difference in the various compounds I tested.
"I'd like to thank Pirelli for this chance that will definitely help me in future. Now I'm just looking forward to driving a Formula 1 car again!" added the Swiss driver, who is racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship this year.
Pirelli's Racing Manager Mario Isola added: "Fabio was impressive both in terms of his pace and his feedback. While our demo tyres are not quite the same as the real Formula 1 tyres, they are still enough to give a good idea of what it is like to drive at the very top level. We were delighted to offer him this opportunity and the chance to prove once more that graduates from the GP2 Series - especially the champion - are more than ready to face the demands of Formula 1."