Merhi 'ready' if Singapore call comes

By on Friday, September 5, 2014
Caterham F1 Team

Caterham F1 Team

Roberto Merhi says he would be 'ready' if Caterham opted to hand him his Formula 1 debut at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Merhi tested a Formula 1 car for the first time when he participated in practice at Monza, where he set the 22nd fastest time and edged out Caterham team-mate Marcus Ericsson.

While Merhi has now handed control of the CT05 to Kamui Kobayashi for the remainder of the weekend, Formula Renault 3.5 frontrunner Merhi says he would be ready if Caterham called him to drive again in Singapore.

"At the moment I will be here the whole weekend at Monza, then let’s see after that what will go on," he said. "I have World Series [by Renault] in Budapest [next weekend] but it was a good experience to drive an F1 car, finally I have made it!

"I will feel ready, whatever track, Singapore is a bit special but I think it would not be a problem, Macau is even more complicated than Singapore!"

Merhi added that it was 'amazing' to sample Formula 1 machinery for the first time in his career.

"[It was] quite amazing, especially on the out lap when I went out and went full throttle and was like ‘this is so fast’, so I really enjoyed that," he said.

"It was really OK to be honest, I started carefully so that I didn’t destroy the tyres as especially at Monza it’s easy to destroy the tyres because if you destroy them you cannot run the last part of the session. But it was pretty good, really happy about that.

"For sure I was not trying 100% as it was important not to make a mistake, and also to learn as much as I can from the car. Braking and high speed you cannot push as you don’t know how much the car will behave, but the important thing was just to do laps and learn how it works."

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