2013 GP2 champion Fabio Leimer has described his day of testing around the Paul Ricard circuit at the wheel of the 2012 Lotus F1 car as an “absolutely fantastic experience.”
Leimer, who is currently racing in the World Endurance Championship with Rebellion, completed 78 laps – 300km – of the French Paul Ricard circuit in the Lotus E20 on Tuesday as a prize from official F1 tyre supplier Pirelli for winning the 2013 GP2 series.
The Swiss racer last tested Formula One machinery at the Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test in 2011 for Sauber.
“It was an absolutely fantastic experience and I really enjoyed myself,” said Leimer. “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.”
“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 One car again!” he added.
Mario Isola, Pirelli’s Racing Manager, was delighted with the 25-year-olds work on the day, insisting that Leimer is more than ready for a seat in Formula One.
“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 One 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 One.”
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