James Calado enjoyed his second FP1 session for Sahara Force India in Korea today driving Paul Di Resta’s car. A newcomer to the track, James ran 21 laps and finished the session in 18th spot. We asked him for his thoughts on the day.
What's your verdict on your FP1 experience today?
Compared to the previous times I've been in an F1 car the limiting factor was track knowledge, especially in the last sector, which is really difficult. There are many off-camber corners, which were quite a challenge. We tried a number of different things, including some heavy fuel loads, which was a new experience for me as well. All in all, it was quite good. I was happy in the end.
How much harder is it when it's a track you don't know?
It's really tough actually, because you spend a long time getting used to the F1 car again while also getting used to the track. If you push too hard too soon you can make mistakes and I did have a spin one time. You've just got to take it steady and when you're ready to push, which I was in the second half of the session, you can start working properly. The lap time doesn't make it seem like it was good, but it was a good session.
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The article first appeared at Sahara Force India website.