Canadian F1 Speedy Robert Wickens says that, he wants secure a Formula One race drive for the future, and he is happy with the Renault GP and Virgin Racing F1 cars driving experience at Abu Dhabi for young drivers testing event. Tuesday he was drives for Renault and final day (Thursday) Canadian drives for Virgin Racing.
Wickens, the first Canadian to drive in Formula One since former World Champion Jacques Villeneuve over five years ago, was pleased to end his week in Abu Dhabi on a high note: “It was a busy afternoon – I didn’t get out of the car at all – but I’m pleased with my progress and my lap. Tsn.ca Reported
“I have to look at fine detail with the engineers to fully evaluate my performance, but overall I’m happy with our work today, and thanks to Marussia Virgin for offering me these two great opportunities here in Abu Dhabi.”
Robert arrived at Abu Dhabi having this season become the first Canadian to secure a major single-seater championship in Europe, after winning the Formula Renault 3.5 World Series title with backing from Marussia Motors. Following last Friday’s free practice run among the 24-car F1 field, the one and half days of young driver testing provided by MVR and Renault Sport respectively resulted in Wickens setting the fastest lap time of the week for both the Marussia Virgin and Lotus Renault GP team’s.
“It’s been quite a week,” said Wickens. “To secure a Formula One race drive is my sole goal for the future, and to come here, experience working within ultra-professional F1 team environments, and set some representative times is a big notch on my journey. It’s a great way to end a strong season.”
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