Kevin Korjus admitted his debut in an F1 car had been an eye-opening experience after he ran with Renault on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.
The Estonian teenager was sampling the R31 for the first time having competed in the World Series by Renault.
On a busy day on track, Korjus completed 70 laps as he completed set-up work and Pirelli tyre testing and he admitted that there had been a lot to learn during his time behind the wheel.
“It was very much a learning day for me – my first chance to drive the R31,” he said. “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 especially for my neck, physically 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.
“Otherwise I really enjoyed the day because the car was just unbelievably good. 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 also I need to work a lot on my fitness but I'm very thankful for the opportunity Lotus Renault GP has given me today.”
Jan Charouz is on track for Renault on the final day of the test today.