Four time Moto GP champion, Spain’s Marc Marquez was at the Red Bull Ring on Tuesday where he was testing for the Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One Team.
The Repsol Honda rider completed a few hours of testing with the Italian team. Speaking following the test he said:
It was always my dream to race the quickest cars in the world. I had great respect for it ahead of today, and I didn’t sleep well. In the end it was an unbelievable experience, and an absolute highlight of my career. There is a massive difference to MotoGP. The limited visibility was a great challenge, in particular, to begin with. You feel a lot more constricted in the cockpit. The braking distances and timing in turns is completely different. A Formula 1 car has much more downforce, of course, which made for a lot of fun in the part of the circuit with the most turns, in particular.
Marquez has confirmed that his immediate focus is Moto GP however, he may consider Formula One in the future.
My complete focus in the coming years will remain on MotoGP. I’m part of a fantastic team, and I feel fully motivated. Who knows though, maybe Formula 1 will be a serious idea for me in a few years’ time!
Marquez was joined at the test by former Formula One driver turned F1 pundit Mark Webber, former Formula One champion and Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda and Red Bull’s Motorsports adviser Dr Helmut Marko.
Speaking about Marquez’ test, Webber said:
He was really quiet still at breakfast. As soon as he got into the cockpit, he was 100 per cent focused and delivered a top performance on the race track. Formula 1 and MotoGP are two completely different things. Marc made my job as an instructor very easy though. He always asked the right questions and improved lap by lap.
Dr Marko commented by saying:
To put that kind of performance in within such a short time says everything about his huge talent. In the coming years he is going to break a lot more records in MotoGP. Maybe after that, Formula 1 will actually be a possibility. Up to now only a few exceptional talents, such as John Surtees, have managed to compete in both racing series. Marc also has what it takes. Today definitely wasn’t the last time he will sit in a Formula 1 car.”