Stevens hails “a good day” for Caterham at Silverstone

Stevens hails “a good day” for Caterham at Silverstone


1029LB1D2023Will Stevens was left looking for more after a successful F1 debut for Caterham on day one of the in-season Silverstone test.

Stevens, who drives for Strakka Racing in World Series by Renault this year, managed a total of 95 laps with a best lap time of 1:40:627, despite the team’s morning session being disrupted by a software glitch on the CT05.

Despite his maiden F1 outing being disrupted, the World Series by Renault driver was left happy with his and the team’s work.

“I was feeling comfortable in the car, and with every run we did I felt that we could get more and more out of the car,” Stevens said. “It was a good day for me; I know Rio and Julian’s run plan tomorrow is similar, so hopefully we can get some good data across all of us before we leave tomorrow evening.

“But as far as I’m concerned it was a good day, I didn’t make any big mistakes, and overall it was a good day.”

Following his F1 debut, the Englishman pointed towards the power-steering on the 2014-Caterham as the aspect to driving an F1 car that he struggled with most.

“For me still the biggest difference for me between anything below Formula One is the power-steering. To start off with it really is a different feeling, it takes away some of the feeling you get from the car, so I think for me that’s the hardest thing I found to get used to.”

With the challenge of power-steering aside, Stevens praised the impact of the team’s simulator within their factory at Leafield, something the Brit feels helped him massively prior to stepping into the car today. “Doing the laps in the simulator helped me a lot because I knew what the differences were going to be between F1 and WSR,” he said.

“Obviously today’s been my first day in the car. I’ve done a lot of kilometres in the simulator this year, helping the guys out who are at the track, so I knew the car as well as I could without getting in it, which I think makes it a big help to me stepping in the car today.”

Stevens will hand over driving duties tomorrow to the GP2-duo of Rio Haryanto and Julian Leal.

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