After much speculation and planning, the reigning MotoGP champion and 2016 title contender, Jorge Lorenzo drove the W05 2014 Championship winning Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 car at Silverstone Race Circuit last Thursday.
Arranged by Monster Energy Drinks, a mutual sponsor of both Mercedes and Lorenzo’s MotoGP team, Yamaha, the drive had been in the works for monthS, but due to Lorenzo’s commitments, it had been tough to finalise a date.
However, Thursday 6 October saw the Spaniard do some laps in the car at the home of the British Grand Prix – and whilst his lap times were not released, he seemed happy with his performance, and was eager to thank his sponsorship team, Monster Energy for arranging the run, claiming that it was like a dream come true.
“First of all I want to say thank you to Monster Energy for giving me this opportunity. It has been a great experience, like a dream come true.
“The past few days for me have been very special,” commented the three time MotoGP World Champion. “I had the opportunity to work alongside some of the best engineers in this sport, drove the F2 car, had simulator test sessions and finally, I got to drive the real deal.”
Lorenzo was also pleased with his times, and although they weren’t released, both he and Mercedes track engineer, Richard Lane, commented on how they were competitive, with Lane putting it down to Lorenzo’s competitive nature and MotoGP experience.
The Spaniard appeared excited by his day in the car, and commented that his day had been fantastic.
“Today I experienced driving a Formula One car. It’s been an amazing day. I’m very satisfied with the lap time in the last run. From what the engineers were saying, my times were really competitive. The car is so smooth, I expected a more twitchy and difficult car but in the end everything was so good: the steering wheel, the engine, everything.”