Olli Caldwell, a member of the Alpine Academy and presently racing in the FIA Formula 2 with Campos Racing, got his first taste of FIA Formula 1 World Championship machinery earlier this week at Silverstone.
After being offered the opportunity to run as part of the French team’s young driver test program, the twenty-year-old Briton took to the track in an Alpine F1 Team A521 and completed more than 485 kilometers in the car driven by Fernando Alonso to the podium in the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix.
Caldwell was thrilled to be offered the chance to race in a Formula 1 car for the first time, despite the fact that it was a significant step up in machinery.
Caldwell stated, “It’s been fantastic and I’m dumbfounded; there’s nothing I can compare it to.” “It’s everything I could have hoped for and more.” Nothing you can do can prepare you for how it will feel.
“Everything is more in this car than in F2, there’s more speed, downforce, braking, and there’s probably 50 more buttons.”
“I’ve become used to working much faster in this car, and now that I’m back in F2, where things are obviously slower, I’ll be able to apply what I’ve learnt from this experience when I’m back driving this circuit in an F2 car.”
“I’d want to take this time to thank BWT Alpine F1 Team for providing me with this opportunity, as an event like this would not be possible without them.” For not only being accepted into the Academy, but also for getting the chance to drive last year’s Formula One car. It’s been fantastic.”
Caldwell performed a terrific job during his first opportunity behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car, according to Julian Rouse, the Alpine Academy Project Manager, and he made good progress during the day.
“Olli did a fantastic job today,” Rouse added. “On his debut, he kept a level head and put in a lot of laps, demonstrating maturity.”
“He was dedicated and provided comprehensive feedback after each run, allowing him to make significant progress over the day.” Overall, this is a fantastic concept that holds a lot of promise.
“I’m confident he’ll put this experience to good use when he progresses through F2 this season.”