Champions are born and not nourished, and this saying is widely evident in the motorsports industry. Be it WRC drivers racing in the F1 circuit or be it the F1 drivers testing motorcycles. The most well known among them was Micheal Shumacher testing a MotoGP bike and was quite fast on it. And the latest to join the league is the MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo.
The Yamaha racer got a chance to drive the Mercedes F1 race car due to a common sponsor - Monster Energy. The Spaniard spent a day at the Silverstone track in Great Britain and drove the 2014-spec W05 car around the British GP venue. And the MotoGP star was quite pleased with his first-ever Formula 1 test in the World Champion team Mercedes, setting some real quick lap times.
Lorenzo said that the car was "quite easy" to drive, but the braking distance and the grip levels at high-speed corners were "insane" and a "different world" to MotoGP. “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 40kph faster in the middle of the corners," said Lorenzo.
About his overall experience, Lorenzo said, “The past few days for me have been very special. I had the opportunity to work alongside some of the best engineers in this sport, drove the [GP2] car, had simulator test sessions and finally, I got to drive the real deal." He added, "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," Lorenzo said about the car. “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.”
The engineers from Mercedes were equally happy with the show put up by the king of 2-wheeler racing. “It’s been great working with Jorge. From the moment he arrived he’s been full of enthusiasm and keen to get stuck in," said track engineer Richard Lane. “Between each run he’s been poring over the data, and looking to find areas for improvement. You can see why he’s a multiple World Champion on two wheels.
Lane finished by saying, “It’s been a great experience for us to work with Jorge and we wish him all the very best for the rest of the MotoGP season.”
Source - Motorsport.com
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