Alexander Rossi said he was pleased with his performance on his return to F1 machinery for the first time in two years after the American joined Team Lotus for the final day of running in Abu Dhabi.
Rossi, who tested for BMW
in the past, joined Lotus for the test having run with the sister Caterham GP2
team in the non-championship meeting at Yas Marina over the course of the weekend.
Although he admitted he could have lapped quicker, Rossi said he was pleased with his day at the wheel and surprised by how much he had been able to learn.
“This morning we started off with getting used to the car and finding my way with the T128, as obviously it's a big step up from GP2, and I felt comfortable quickly as we worked up to a good setup level,” he said. “Then our focus was on the damper work for the team, which involved various runs and looking ahead to the 2012 season, plus a few changes to the rear of the car and a few runs with the 2012 Pirelli tyres. In the afternoon we did some performance runs, which I wasn't entirely pleased with, as I felt I could have achieved more, however my first day in the car was positive, and I feel there is a lot more potential to unlock.
“To get behind the wheel and have that much time was really good. I was surprised at how much you learn during a day's testing. There's so much to take in, for example the briefing and debriefing sessions, it's a whole step up from GP2, so it's been an extremely valuable day.
“It was really good fun to drive the car, and this car and the team are pretty special. Being able to work with the team as a driver was brilliant as I was able to further my relationship with them, with the mechanics and engineers. I now know the team on a personal level and it's really important to build those relationships. It's been a good day, and I'm happy to get the experience behind the wheel and I think there is a lot more to come.”