Lotus F1 Team development driver Nicolas Prost feels he 'definitely' made 'good progress' last week during the Young Driver Test at Silverstone.
Nicolas, who is the son of four-time F1 world champion, Alain Prost, ran on two of the three days, posting the eighth quickest time on day one, while he was third fastest on the final day – his best lap a 1 minute 33.256 seconds. That left him sixth overall on the combined times
, 0.298 seconds up on Lotus third driver, Davide Valsecchi and 0.362 seconds off the top time posted by three-time F1 world champion, Sebastian Vettel.
“It was a really good day for me [on Friday]. We focused on some more performance orientated work in the morning – which is always enjoyable to do – and especially beneficial after spending Thursday in the simulator in terms of correlation. I feel that I'm improving each time I get in the car,” said Prost, who did 155 laps in total - 83 on the Friday and 72 on the Wednesday.
“Obviously, it's very fast so it takes some time to get used to it, but I feel I've definitely made good progress.
“It was clear that the team made some improvements with Davide [Valsecchi] in the car on day two so I think it's been a very productive and worthwhile test for the team. Overall, it's been a fantastic week for me.”
Lotus trackside operations director, Alan Permane meanwhile was also happy with the test and added that the Friday was a 'good conclusion to a productive three days at Silverstone'.
“Nico continued the assessment programme he started on Wednesday and we made further positive steps forwards,” Permane continued. “We worked more on setup to get the car to Nico's liking, thereby enabling him to push harder through the day.
“We ran new aerodynamic parts designed to help extract the maximum performance from the tyres, and it was with these that Nico set his fastest lap time, which is certainly a positive sign. We also assessed a new exhaust in the afternoon which looks to be beneficial.
“Now it's time to analyse all the data to determine which parts we intend to use in Budapest [for the Hungarian GP].”