F1 'easier than I expected' - Yelloly

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Nick Yelloly says he found driving an F1 car easier than expected from a physical point of view after his debut for Force India.

With Pascal Wehrlein unwell, Yelloly was called up to drive a day earlier than planned during the Barcelona in-season test, going on to complete 109 laps on Tuesday. Having completed so much mileage, when asked how he had found his first day in an F1 car, Yelloly replied:ย โ€œEasier than I expected actually.

โ€œThe runs I did in the simulator really helped quite a lot with my performance, and I was able to get on top of the car really early on.ย The biggest difference for me was the power steering, just how easy it is physically compared to a GP2 car.

โ€œI thought it would be harder, but I actually found it quite easy, so that was nice.

โ€œIt was great to work with engineers, you have so many compared to GP2, which is one of the main differences.ย So Iโ€™ve really enjoyed my time in the F1 car, and I canโ€™t wait to get back in.โ€

And Yelloly says he still has some time in hand after his best lap of 1:27.396 left him three seconds slower than Nico Rosberg.

โ€œWe went through plenty of things, some simulator correlation, seeing what difference set-ups do what, so I can then see if they are the same in the simulator as they are in the car.

โ€œDid some aero runs and performance runs, 10 laps really not full performance, because we still had a fair bit in the bag.โ€

With Force India on the lookout for a third driver, Yelloly feels he has done enough to impress the team.

โ€œI think they were impressed with the job I did with my first day in a Formula 1 car. I think they are happy, so weโ€™ll wait and see if the phone rings.

"To be part of a Formula Oneย team and get this opportunity already is brilliant, and Iโ€™d just like to develop that further.โ€

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