Max Chilton got his first taste of Formula 1 machinery at Kemble, Gloucestershire, UK on Thursday when he was drafted in by Force India to conduct a straight-line aerodynamic test.
The Briton, who has raced in GP2 this year, was called up because the team's regular drivers were engaged elsewhere.
Although the day's running was cut short by an exhaust problem, the team was pleased with the data it got back from the running, and with the way Chilton dealt with his work.
Force India's Oliver Knighton, who is race support engineer, said: "We were able to record the important aero data, which we will analyze over the next few days.
"I'd like to say a special 'Thank you' to Max, who enjoyed his first taste of an F1 car today. He prepared himself very well and adapted quickly to the procedures and systems on the car, all of which allowed us to make good progress with the program."