Gustav Malja: “I have learned a lot for my development as a racing driver”

Gustav Malja tested a Formula 1 car for the first time on Tuesday - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Gustav Malja may have finished at the bottom of the time sheets on Tuesday at the Hungaroring, but the Swede was extremely happy with his first test in a Formula 1 car with the Sauber F1 Team.

The twenty-one-year-old FIA Formula 2 Championship podium finisher completed 108 laps of the Hungarian circuit, but admitted it was a realisation of a childhood dream to drive a Formula 1 car on Tuesday, which he feels will aid his development as a racing driver.

Malja set a best time of 1:21.503s during the day, and will now hand the car over to another Formula 2 driver, Nobuharu Matsushita, for Wednesday’s second and final day of the test.

“It has been a great day for me,” said Malja. “Driving a Formula 1 car is something that I have been working towards and wanting since I was a child, and now it has become a reality.

“Overall, the experience has been a very positive one for me, and I have learned a lot for my development as a racing driver. We managed to complete our programme, and I did my best to implement all of the input from the team.

“I am happy to have completed this test successfully for the Sauber F1 Team.”