F1 – Nabil Jeffri is the Youngest Ever F1 Test Driver

16 year old Nabil Jeffri is living his dream as he conducted a day of aero testing for Lotus Racing on the museum’s Cambridgeshire runway. It was an opportunity well deserved for Nabil as Malaysian Lotus F1 driver development program kicks into second gear. We can only hope with this small but significant mileage, it will take him into greater heights in the future. More motivated, hungrier than ever and more importantly well equipped. From our RaceRevo team, congratulations Nabil Jeffri!

Nabil Jeffri, “I have had an incredible day, one of the best days of my life, and I want to thank Lotus Racing, Tony Fernandes and Mike Gascoyne for giving me the chance to drive their car. I have to admit that the first time I went out it was pretty scary – everyone told me the acceleration would be unbelievable, and the braking would be so much greater than anything I’ve ever experienced, and it took a while to get used to that, but Heikki and Fairuz gave me some advice on how to settle in to it, and after a while I was more comfortable, and was able to get through the day’s plan. It’s such an honour to have had this opportunity, and it’ll be a long time before the excitement wears off, but I’ll keep on working hard to one day join Heikki, Fairuz, Jarno and the rest of the F1™ grid, and with the support of people like Tony and Lotus Racing, I’ve got a great chance of doing so.”

Tony Fernandes, “When I first offered Nabil the chance to drive our car he couldn’t tell if I was joking or not, but I was very serious about giving a young Malaysian the chance to step up to the big time. He’s repaid my faith in him and has performed incredibly well, and that’s a source of real pride for me as he proves what I’ve always believed – keep dreaming, work hard to achieve what other people tell you is impossible, and your dreams will come true. I suspect Nabil will head back to Malaysia with his head spinning from everything that’s happened to him today, but now he can say he’s driven an F1™ car, and that will set his sights at the very top for the rest of his life. Congratulations Nabil – you’re a superstar!”

Editorial : Mu’az Zakaria

Image : Lotus

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