Kiwi tests Formula 1 car
Fri, 14 Sep 2012 9:12a.m.
Formula 1 testing has concluded at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in France for Scuderia Ferrari, Mercedes AMG Petronas and Sahara Force India.
It was a significant day for the 22-year-old New Zealand-born driver Brendon Hartley as he made his first appearance in an official test session for the German manufacturer Mercedes AMG Petronas, though like Gonzalez the Kiwi had prior seat-time in Formula 1 machinery ahead of his 87-lap programme. His best lap today was 1m18.671.
"It was an amazing feeling to be back driving a Formula One car today and I would like to thank the Mercedes AMG Petronas team for giving me this opportunity,” says Hartley.
“The track was quite wet this morning so we lost some time but once it had dried out we were able to get on with the test programme, using mainly the hard tyre. It was a successful day for both me and the team, and we completed the programme, despite the weather.”
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