Lando Norris admitted the tyre test at the Yas Marina Circuit felt “different” as he prepares for his debut in Formula 1 next year.
The Brit, who finished second in the Formula 2 World Championship, moves up to a race seat at McLaren F1 Team in 2019.
Norris has driven the McLaren in Free Practice sessions this year but it was the first time he completed some long runs and admits that was something he wanted to get done.
“I think this was the most laps I’ve ever done in a day, so it was good.
“I got through a lot of the things I needed to, such as longer runs – which I haven’t done much of so far – so considering all that, I don’t feel too bad.
“I haven’t really felt the degradation of the tyres before, so that was one of the biggest things I wanted to get through.”
“I’ll have a bit more experience for next year now, of tyre drop-off and things like that.
“I also wanted to put a few other things together, such as practice starts and giving feedback.”
The nineteen year old says it felt different preparing the car for himself rather than other drivers as he has done previously this season.
“It did feel a bit different today, realising that a lot of the stuff we did was for my own good and things that will really benefit me a lot next year.
“I’m now trying to get everything based around me rather than the other drivers like in the past as Test Driver, so it definitely did feel a bit different.
“I really wanted to focus on trying to make it the best I could for me, so it was useful.”
McLaren sporting director, Gil de Ferran was pleased the team had a clean day with Norris and completed all their aims for the day.
“For us, today was the first day of our 2019 programme successfully completed.
“We had a clean day and accomplished all of our objectives, including several longer runs.
“Our focus was not only collecting tyre information, but for the first time the programme was geared towards Lando as our main priority, rather than the supporting role he has played as Test and Reserve Driver so far.”