James Calado described his first experience of an F1 car as 'unbelievable'
British driver completed 27 laps on the first morning of test
By William Esler at Silverstone. Last Updated: 17/09/13 1:32pm
James Calado described his first experience of a Formula 1 car as "unbelievable" after completing 27 laps at Silverstone.
Having carried out a straight-line test for the team earlier in the season, this was the first time the Englishman had got to sample the full cornering and braking potential of the VJM06.
However, after the initial shock, Calado says he quickly adjusted to driving the Force India.
"It was an unbelievable experience, I really cannot put it into words," the 24-year-old said.
"After a few induction laps and things the novelty of the brakes and the grip started to wear off and I was able to give some good feedback and set some reasonable lap times which for my first time is pretty impressive.
"It is just nice to get an initial go and on my first time in one of these things you can't expect anything too big and you have to take it steady."
Calado was top of the timesheets when he got out of the car but he wasn't getting carried away by his pace.
"It is nice to be fast, but you don't know what anyone else is doing and what tyres they are on or anything," he added.
"But I have settled in and obviously doing the straight-line test was nice as I had already started to build a relationship with this team up to the test."
But despite impressive times and improving his relationship with the team, the Brit knows it will be difficult to break into F1.
"Over the years it has got tougher with money being a big factor, but I am a believer that talent does get you through and all I can do is as good a job as I can both in the GP2 car and when I get days like this," he said.
"I am not thinking about the future too much, I know it is hard but I can only do the best I can.
"I am here to just do the Young Driver Test and I was able to give quite accurate feedback on the tyres within ten laps which was quicker than I expected. I am here to do a good job and hopefully we can learn a few things from myself and those can then get transferred onto Paul [Di Resta] or Adrian [Sutil] set up wise.
"They have brought up young drivers in the past and have good experience with that and I am another one. I am here to just do as good a job as I can and to help the team and to get a chance is just lovely."