Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo yesterday realised a lifelong dream and swapped his MotoGP two wheels for F1’s four when he tested Lewis Hamilton’s 2014 title winning Mercedes.
In the test at Silverstone, organised by Monster, Lorenzo drove the W05 hybrid after preparing for the outing in the simulator and the F2 car.
“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,” said Lorenzo.
“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.
“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.
“It was quite easy to drive and the car in the corners is really, really fast and the grip of the car is unreal. In the first lap you feel the power but when you get used to it, it’s similar to a MotoGP bike but in the corners, you are in a different world, about 40kms faster in the middle of the corners.
“Also it surprised me how late you can brake and the amount of grip the car can support in full throttle in the fast corners is insane.”