Kevin Ceccon admitted he was amazed by the performance of Formula 1 machinery after completing his first day of running in Abu Dhabi. The 18-year-old, this year's Auto GP champion, joined the Toro Rosso team to make his debut at the wheel of a grand prix car.
Ceccon, who has also contested a partial GP2 season with Coloni, posted the 10th quickest time and was very pleased with his performance, as he felt he had adapted to the demands of Formula 1 quite quickly.
"It's amazing, incredible. It's completely different from other cars and the feeling is unbelievable," Ceccon said. "It was very good. I reached a good level quite easily. Then for sure to get to the perfect driving style you need more time, but I think I got quite easily to a good driving style."
The Italian said he was concentrating on helping Toro Rosso with its preparations for the season finale in Brazil.
"We don't look at the times," he said. "We are only concentrated to work on the car and to prepare everything. I know that the engineers are happy about my work and I don't look at the lap times. It was quite a good day. I learned a lot and I hope that tomorrow will be better."
He feels this week's test will be a big help for him next year if he, as expected, secures a full-time drive in GP2.
"I think a lot, because Formula 1 helps you a lot and teaches you a lot about everything. I think that if I do GP2 next year, this test will be very good for me."