Padmore Makes Return to Single Seaters
Monday 2nd July 2012
Padmore was invited by Frenchman Jaques Medard to race his former Formula Renault 2.0, originally raced by Scuderia Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne, in the first of the three V de V Monoplace races on Saturday morning at Dijon.
Having only been invited the day before, and without any preparation or time in the car prior to the 20-minute sprint race, Padmore had to start from 31st and last on the grid. However, within a few laps he adapted to the car and made his way up to a very respectable 15th position by the end of the 16-lap race.
"I would like to say a huge thank you to Jaques for giving me such an opportunity and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the race! I haven't raced a single-seater since my Formula Palmer Audi days back in '99 so it was a great experience and surprise to be offered to me at the last minute - the next thing I knew I was sat at the back of the grid not really knowing what to expect!
"If an opportunity arises to do any further racing in the car I would jump at the chance. With a bit more preparation and a qualifying session, I know I could be a lot more competitive but overall it was great racing."