Lotus Renault GP young driver test, Kevin's first taste of the R31

Kevin Korjus took the helm of the R31 cockpit  during the second day of testing in Abu Dhabi. The opportunity gave him his first ever taste of an F1 car.Driver: Kevin Korjus (Estonian, 18)Chassis: R31-04Fastest Lap: 1:43.776Position: P8Total laps: 70What we learned today:

* It was a day of firsts for Kevin: the day was based around gettingKevin comfortable in the car and giving him as much mileage as possible. Headapted to the car and the systems.

* Kevin did 70 laps which is not easy for someone making his debut inan F1 car, and he's only 18 years old.

* We explored the set-up early on and changed a few things during theday - this included a little bit of the Pirelli tyre work and someaerodynamic testing.* Kevin's feedback was good and he did a good job.

Kevin: "It was very much a learning day for me - my first chance to drivethe R31. The main priority was to give me a little bit of assessment; Igradually built up my confidence, and then by lunchtime I was feeling prettycomfortable with things. I was looking forward to doing some hard laps, butI must say it was really hard especially for my neck, physically and tolearn all the buttons, and to do everything at the correct time. It is verydifferent from the World Series. Now I feel I need a bit of rest. OtherwiseI really enjoyed the day because the car was just unbelievably good. It'smuch quicker everywhere and I was particularly impressed by the brakes. Iwas definitely getting more and more comfortable because the brain starts toremember all the buttons. I learned there is still a lot to improve to be areally good driver in F1, and also I need to work a lot on my fitness butI'm very thankful for the opportunity Lotus Renault GP has given me today. "Alan Permane's technical programme notes

* Kevin took a sensible approach to the day, slowly building up hispace and giving good feedback to the team, and showing good speed on newtyres.* The planned programme was similar to Robert Wicken's yesterday -some set-up work, new tyre runs and long runs in the afternoon.* We also continued with aero mapping, which has been one of the mainpriorities of the day, along with the tyre evaluation.