Nick Yelloly caught the eye during his first-ever F1 test for Force India as he turned in a faster lap than Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez achieved during qualifying for Spanish Grand Prix.

The British driver was originally scheduled to drive the VJM08 on Wednesday, but was given an earlier call-up when Pascal Wehrlein was struck with illness.

Despite this, Yelloly swiftly adapted to the car, completing more than 100 laps and turning in the sixth fastest time of 1min 27.396secs - 1.5secs faster than race drivers Hulkenberg and Perez managed during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

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Indeed, the Briton - who made his GP2 debut with the Force India-affiliated Hilmer Motorsport team this weekend - was surprised how easily he got to grips with the car.

"It was easier than I expected, actually. The runs I did in the simulator really helped quite a lot with my performance, and I was able to get on top of the car really early on. The biggest difference for me was the power steering, just how easy it is physically compared to a GP2 car.

"I thought it would be harder, but I actually found it quite easy, so that was nice. It was great to work with engineers, you have so many compared to GP2, which is one of the main differences. So I've really enjoyed my time in the F1 car, and I can't wait to get back in."

Discussing the car itself, Yelloly agreed that it lacks downforce, but is interested to see what the upcoming B-specification machine brings.

"Judging by the times Rosberg has done we are lacking a fair bit of downforce, but we're working hard to get it all together. We've the B-spec car coming in the next few months, so I'm looking forward to seeing how that goes."