Lorenzo: "Le Mans more realistic than F1"

Published on 10 Jan 2017 13:15

Jorge Lorenzo has said that a 24 Hours Le Mans entry is more likely than entering a full season of Formula One. The five time MotoGP champion tested the W05, the 2014 Mercedes competitor at Silverstone and apparently impressed the Silver Arrows.

"Racing cars is something I could do more properly and more often when I retire from MotoGP. Three years ago here [in Abu Dhabi] I raced with a Ferrari 458. That's the top car I have competed in, but I would like someday to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That would be more realistic than a season in Formula One."

Lorenzo revealed that his lap times were close to newly crowned world champion Nico Rosberg, although conditions were very different. "I couldn't arrive at the limit [of the F1 car]. We had just four or five hours. But being a MotoGP rider I didn't go so slow, I was quick and I did a great lap time," Lorenzo confirmed.

"The team was impressed and I was impressed because I was quicker than Nico's lap time. But we don't know the conditions of his test, because Nico drove the car for the first time in the winter so maybe there was some wet patches. But to be able to be close to that level made me proud because I only had a few hours of experience."

The Spaniard said the most difficult thing to do was adapting to the power of aerodynamics. "Then what surprised me was the downforce in the fast corners. You go faster and faster and then you enter the pits, see the telemetry and Lewis or Nico were going 30km/h per hour faster and think, 'how is that possible? Then you try to be faster but your foot doesn't allow you to! Your mind says, 'okay, press the throttle more', but your foot goes in the opposite way! This is the most difficult thing."

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