Rodolfo Gonzalez claims to be better suited to grand prix machinery than GP2 cars after his second taste of Formula 1 with Team Lotus today.
The Venezuelan, who has raced in GP2 since making his debut in the Asia Series in 2008, has started 55 races in the second-tier category and scored only four points. But after enjoying his day of testing with Lotus, he insists that he is far more comfortable in F1 machinery after setting the 10th fastest time of the day, four seconds off the pace, with a time set on super soft rubber in the final hour of the day. This underlines his desire to be with a leading team if he does return to GP2 in 2012. Among the teams he is talking to are the Team Lotus-owned AirAsia squad, which he regards as a top team.
"My pace was pretty OK," he said. "F1 came easier to me than GP2. I got used to it quicker, I learned it quicker and I was able to adapt my driving style throughout the day.
"I'd love to do F1 next year, but I don't think that's going to happen. I'd like to do GP2 again, but I don't want to make up the numbers. If I cannot be with a top three team, then there's no point doing it because in GP2 you need to have a strong team with a very strong structure and the whole package together.
Gonzalez also tested for Lotus in Abu Dhabi in 2010, but admitted that he was much happier with his performance this year.
"It was much better than last year," he said. "Obviously, I was a bit more familiar with all of the controls, so as soon as I left the pit lane, I could concentrate on driving.
"I hadn't driven anything in a month and a half, I didn't do any simulator time and I didn't even walk the track yesterday. I was surprised that within a couple of runs I was already getting to be quite quick. I was happy."