A DREAM COME TRUE: MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo realised a lifelong dream - driving a Formula 1 race car. Image: Supplied / Monster
Silverstone, UK - Triple Formula 1 Constructors' champions (2014 / 2015 / 2016), Mercedes AMG Petronas F1, and five-time world motorcycle champion Jorge Lorenzo team-up for a one of a kind test of man and machine at Silverstone.
Taking advantage of a break in his hectic race schedule, Jorge headed to the UK to become only the fourth MotoGP champion in history to sample F1 machinery.
'Dream come true'
Following an acclimatization programme, during which Jorge got to grips with F2 single seater machinery at Snetterton, the 29-year old Spaniard lapped the record breaking, and championship winning, Mercedes W05 Hybrid around the Silverstone International Circuit.
Lorenzo said: “When I was a kid of 8-years-old, I used to dream about becoming world champion; it seemed impossible. To drive an f1 car, for me, was even more impossible, and finally now it’s happened. Riding a motorbike is a bit like walking for me, but the [F1] car is something completely new.
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“There was a lot to learn, and I just wanted to understand what I can do to be as fast as possible. The speed is impressive, and the power on the straights is unbelievable. Even in the slower corners the grip is incredible. What looks like a fast corner on a bike, in reality is a slow corner in the car. I’ve enjoyed this experience to the maximum and it’s a dream come true.”
An elaborate mix of horsepower and exotic composites, the F1 W05 is a trailblazing piece of motorsports history. A ground-up designed race car for the hybrid-era of F1, it gifted the Silver Arrows the 2014 Constructors’ championship, as well as carrying Lewis Hamilton to a career second Drivers’ title in the same year.
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