"I was a little bit worried about how it was going to be physically, especially about the neck, but we got through all of our programme - lots of mileage and I’m just very happy about the experience.
"Within two or three laps I felt confident in the car. It was very well balanced and it has a ridiculous amount of grip!"
As to when he will be back in the car, he added: "I don’t know, I need to talk to Helmut [Marko] and Christian [Horner] but if it was up to me, I’d be driving it every day!”
Explaining the purpose of the test for a driver like Vips, and for fellow test and reserve partner Sebastien Buemi, in relation to their work behind the scenes, head of race engineering Guillaume Rocquelin said: "It was all about bringing our reserve drivers up to speed so that they are familiar with the car’s performance.
“After completing a lot of laps, they can give us better feedback when they work on the simulator and, of course, they’ll be prepared should they have to jump in the car in the future.
"This is why we work on things like ensuring they know start procedures, how we operate trackside, and what role everyone plays at grands prix.”
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