Jolyon Palmer says he enjoyed his first visit to the 'awesome' Interlagos circuit as he continues preparations for his Formula 1 race debut in 2016.
Having participated in most FP1 sessions through his Lotus reserve driver role this season, Palmer's latest outing for the Brazilian Grand Prix comes after his most recent outings in the E23 were disrupted by inclement weather or difficult track conditions.
Getting the chance to trial a new front-wing on the Lotus, Palmer – who was 12th fastest at the end of the session - says he is using the track time to acquire more knowledge before he steps up to a full-time race drive in 2016.
"It is an awesome track. There are a lot of blind corners and walking around it yesterday was an eye-opener as I have never raced here before. It is really good to drive though, hot work and the tyres were dying quite quickly but it was great. I was trying the new front-wing spec in this session and that is what FP1 is all about, learning and trying to improve.
"The track has a bit of everything, including some long corners where you need good downforce, so it was good and we had a productive morning."