The women speedy Simona de Silvestro successively completed two day of testing at Fiorano in Italy, with Sauber C31 of the 2012 season. This test has taken to the track in a F1 car for the first time in her career.
She completed 112 laps of the Fiorano circuit in Italy on Saturday without any issues. And today the Swiss lady has travelled 68 more laps without the slightest concern, bringing the mileage on both days beyond 500 km.
“Although it’s something very special to drive a Formula One car, I was not too nervous in the morning,” she said.
“I was more focused on what my job would be. But, after completing the installation lap, I realised that this was my first lap in a Formula One car, and that this was something really special. What impressed me most was the downforce of the car and the braking. When I did my first lap the brakes were cold, but even then the decelaration was beyond what I had experienced before. The g-forces are significantly higher compared to what I was used to in IndyCar.
“Overall, I’m happy with my first day in a Formula One car. I concentrated mainly on understanding the tyres and finding out how to get the best out of them. And with every outing I learned more about the behaviour of the car. I can feel now where there is more potential and how I can use it. Physically I feel quite good, which is definitely a result of my preparation in recent months. I have been training really hard and this paid off. The feeling you get driving a Formula One car is just awesome.”