Newly crowned FIA European F3 champion Esteban Ocon has impressed Lotus bosses following a successful Formula 1 test debut at Valencia.
The 18-year-old Frenchman, who is part of the Lotus young driver program, completed more than 650km of running behind the wheel of a 2012 specification Lotus E20 throughout the two-day test.
Despite his inexperience of F1 machinery, Ocon impressed Lotus’ trackside operations manager Alan Permane, who described the performance as “exceptional”.
Ocon swept to nine victories in his maiden European F3 Championship campaign, claiming the title ahead of Tom Blomqvist and new Toro Rosso recruit Max Verstappen.
“Esteban drove exceptionally well over the course of the last two days, completing every task we asked of him,” said Permane.
“It’s clear he has a lot of talent as he was quickly up to speed and looked comfortable in the car. His feedback and aptitude were very promising. I’m sure we will see him in an F1 car again before too long.”
Sauber were also present at the Spanish circuit as they gave Israeli single seater driver Roy Nissany and GP3 racer Adderly Fong test outings in a 2012 Sauber C31.
The pair, both making their F1 debuts completed 99 laps each.