Fabio Leimer described his test in a Lotus F1 car as "an absolutely fantastic experience" after Pirelli ran him at Paul Ricard on Tuesday.

The test was part of a prize from Pirelli for winning last year's GP2 championship, with Leimer not having managed to get a seat in F1 this season. It was the second time he has driven an F1 car following a day at the 2011 Young Driver Test for Sauber, and Leimer - who completed 78 laps in the 2012 car on demo tyres - said he had learned a lot from the test.

"It was an absolutely fantastic experience and I really enjoyed myself," Leimer said. "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; the medium tyre in particular was very consistent.

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"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!"

Pirelli's racing manager Mario Isola said Leimer had shown himself to be more than capable of delivering consistently in an F1 car.

"Fabio was impressive both in terms of his pace and his feedback," Isola said. "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."