Gelael describes 'amazing' F1 test debut
18 April 2017 – Sean Gelael described his first ever run in a Formula 1 car as an "amazing" experience as he drove for Toro Rosso during the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test.
Gelael, who currently races in Formula 2 with Arden, racked up 78 laps, despite a pair of stoppages, en route to a best time of 1:33.885, enough for eighth on the timesheets.
Toro Rosso will hand the Indonesian, 20, further test outings following the Hungarian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix.
"Today is a day I will never forget," said Gelael.
"To finally drive a Formula 1 car is something every driver dreams of, and to do it with Toro Rosso makes it even more special – what an amazing feeling!
"This year's car is a beast, it's so quick!
"I settled in nicely throughout the day and we definitely made progress. I was able to complete plenty of laps and get used to the car quickly.
"The power and overall grip is amazing and, compared to the Formula 2 car I drive, the grip under braking and the kerb riding are two of the biggest differences I felt.
"Honestly, it's really fun to drive and I'd like to thank everyone who made this possible!
"I now can't wait to drive the STR12 again in a few months' time at the test in Hungary."
Head of Vehicle Performance Jody Egginton praised Gelael for his efforts.
"Today was an opportunity for evaluation of a number of development items, but also a fantastic chance for Sean to sample a current-spec Formula 1 car," he said.
"He acclimatised himself very well, covering a number of test items across a range of tyre compounds, gathering some very useful data for the team.
"Sean drove consistently, making no mistakes and therefore should be very happy."
Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr. will drive the STR12 on Wednesday.