Alex Sims admitted he was pleased with the results of his first F3 Euroseries test following confirmation of his move into the series after outpacing a number of more experienced drivers during testing at Catalunya.
Sims, the winner of the McLaren Autosport
BRDC Young Driver of the Year award, will move into the Euroseries next season with leading outfit Mucke Motorsport and completed his final day of testing for the year with a trip to the Spanish circuit.
The 20-year-old out-paced new team-mate, and third year Formula 3 competitor, Sam Bird by a 10th of a second at Barcelona having also lapped faster than his fellow Brit during testing at Valencia.
Heading the timesheets on two occasions, Sims quickly underlined his potential and said he was happy with how things had gone.
“It's all gone really well over the last couple of weeks,” he said, “We made a lot of progress each time we went out in the car and I was delighted to be the quickest Mucke driver at all three circuits. We had two days at Estoril and Valencia, tracks I'd never visited before, and then finalised the testing with a trip to Barcelona which I have been to before in a Formula Renault.
“We took time to learn Estoril and Valencia on the opening day each time and on the second day I started to get my times down and find the limits as I capitalised on everything. We didn't have any excursions off the circuit or any problems, it's been a fantastic few days. We were third fastest at Estoril, similarly strong at Valencia and then quick at Barcelona – I'm very pleased.”
However, despite his pace during testing, Sims said he didn't expect an easy ride when the 2009 season kicks off at Hockenheim.
“We're well aware just how competitive and tough F3 Euroseries is but that's the challenge – we need to compete against, and beat, the best drivers,” he said. “It's going to be very difficult next year but our initial preparations have gone as well as we could have hoped.
“Mucke is a very professional team, they work incredibly hard and there is a huge amount of effort and attention to detail. I'm really looking forward to getting back in the car in the New Year and continuing our strong preparations for my debut season in Formula 3.”