Ocon completes test with Lotus

By on Thursday, October 23, 2014
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Formula 3 champion Esteban Ocon has completed his maiden Formula 1 test with Lotus at Valencia.

Ocon, signed to Lotus's young driver scheme, accumulated over 650 kilometres of running in the E20, the car which Kimi Raikkonen drove in the 2012 season.

Ocon received the test as part of his development, as well as a reward for claiming the title in his rookie year.

"The test driving the E20 went really well," he said.

"I had to adapt to the car quite rapidly which I did very well. I felt comfortable with the team straight away and the same with the E20. The word I’d use to describe the feeling of driving an F1 car is that it is just quicker.

"The car was easy to drive, stable and very enjoyable; it is a great car. I’m really happy with this two-day test and I hope to the get the opportunity to jump into the F1 car again soon."

Trackside operations director Alan Permane said that Lotus was impressed by Ocon's performance.

"Esteban drove exceptionally well over the course of the last two days, completing every task we asked of him," he said.

"It's clear he has a lot of talent as he was quickly up to speed and looked comfortable in the car. His feedback and aptitude were very promising. I'm sure we will see him in an F1 car again before too long."

Ocon shared the circuit with Adderly Fong and Roy Nissany, with the latter duo both completing 99 laps of the Ricardo Tormo track in the Sauber C31.

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