F1: Conway has enjoyed his time with Honda

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarFriday, December 7th, 2007

 
 

Mike Conway has said that he is pleased with how his second opportunity to test in a Honda F1 car has gone.

He joined fellow GP2 racers Andreas Zuber and Luca Filippi for a try-out after the trio impressed at the first winter testing session in Barcelona.

As well as giving the team a chance to evaluate the drivers, the testing programme was designed to examine set-up changes on the car and shorter new tyre qualifying simulations.

Conway had first go on Tuesday when he put in 88 laps during the course of the day and finished 10th in the standings with a fastest lap time of 1:20.927.

He said: “It was great to get back in the car again after a couple of weeks’ break from the Barcelona test. I felt that I was able to get back into the swing of things pretty quickly and learn more about the car and set-up.

“It was great to work with the Honda engineers and benefit from the experience they have of working with so many drivers. The feedback really helps you to learn and improve.

“A big thank you to Honda once again for the opportunity and I am pleased with how the test went.”

Honda’s sporting director Ron Meadows added: “It was a very productive test and we were pleased to see Mike, Andi and Luca once again put in impressive performances.

“There was an obvious improvement in all three drivers, both on the track and in their physical fitness, since their first test at Barcelona in November.

“All three demonstrated good pace, provided strong feedback to our engineers and generally impressed with their attitude and application.

“They all have a promising future ahead of them and the next stage for Honda is to evaluate the information we have gathered and gauge where we go from here.”

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