Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has paid tribute to Marussia Virgin Racing for giving him his first taste of Formula One machinery.
The rookie driver, who competes for Manor Racing in GP3, conducted a straight-line aero test for the Dinnington based-team at the Idiada proving ground in Spain last weekend.
He completed 146km of running in the MVR-02 model and the youngster described the experience as ‘incredibly special’ moment in his fledgling career.
“Driving a Formula One car is what you always dream of from the moment you start karting,” he admitted. “I completed a lot of runs for the team and helped them to collect a lot of data.
“I can’t thank Marussia Virgin Racing enough for this amazing opportunity, as it really allows me to gain experience and see how a Formula One team works. Experiences like this only make you hungry for more and it’s exciting to get a taste of what the future could hold.”
Quaife-Hobbs is poised to return to racing action in the next double-header rounds of the 2011 GP3 Series in Barcelona this weekend.