Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test Day 1 Quotes: Pic, Quaife-Hobbs & Virgin Racing


Photo Credit: Marussia Virgin Racing
Photo Credit: Marussia Virgin Racing
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
13 France Charles Pic United Kingdom Virgin Racing 1:46.930 30
14 United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs United Kingdom Virgin Racing 1:47.292 32

 

Charles Pic:
“Today I had my first run in an F1 car, so it was a very special day but with a lot of new things to learn. The high speed corners and braking were things I had to adjust to, but I felt my acclimatisation went well. I'm very happy with this first step. At the end, we decided that some changes we need to make would take some time, so it was better to wait until tomorrow and save a set of tyres.

“Wednesday will be a big day for me as there is a plan to do a lot of tyre testing, so it is an opportunity I am really looking forward to as I will be able to learn all the types of tyre and see how they react. I am really enjoying working with the team. They have been very welcoming and helpful, so I am happy with my first day of testing.”

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs:
“I have to start by saying a very big 'thank you' to Marussia Virgin Racing for this fantastic opportunity today. It's been a great experience and I've learned a lot. This morning I began with some CSL (constant speed limiter) runs on the straights so the team could conduct some aero measurement work and then I got into the programme properly. I ran two sets of new tyres and just began chipping away as I learned more about the car and how it reacts. Overall I'm pleased with the day and it's been a huge experience for me.”

John Booth, (Team Principal):
“An interesting day throughout the pitlane with a lot of new talent running. Both Adrian and Charles followed a very similar programme, which was designed to ease them into circuit running in an F1 car. We're very happy with how both of them have performed today. Both used the Soft Pirelli tyre, with Adrian perhaps slightly disadvantaged by the track temperature and Charles by only using one new set.

“We specifically chose to use the same tyre compounds as used by the race drivers last weekend to give the drivers a better reference, rather than using the Supersoft compound which has clearly been shown to be the quicker tyre over one lap today. All in all, a good job from both drivers.”

Charles Pic will be back in the car for Virgin Racing tomorrow.