Former IndyCar Series driver Pietro Fittipaldi made his Formula One debut at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. The Brazilian completed 56 laps over the course of the day to end up in eighth place overall with a time of 01:39.201s.
Speaking following the session, Fittipaldi said:
It was an amazing day. I’m very happy to have had my first drive in a Formula One car. The braking power of the car, the acceleration, the speeds you carry through the corners, it was just insane. The car is so fast. It’s just stuck to the ground. The amount of downforce it has is unbelievable. We had small issues at the beginning of the day, but the team got them sorted. They really did a fantastic job to get back out there, and then in the afternoon we worked through the plan we had. We compared the 2018 tires to the 2019s from Pirelli. I tried to give the engineers my best feedback so they can start working on that information. The team has given me a huge opportunity to be testing with them next year. I’ll learn as much as I can, but also help them with developing the car for 2019 and throughout the season. It was a really good test.