Somewhere deep down, I’m still clinging onto the hope that there may still be a career for me in Formula One.

When I heard Michael Schumacher wasn’t going to be coming back anymore, I was ready by my phone to answer the call from Luca di Montezemolo, but sadly it never came.

But today I, along with seven other Autocar team members, got a chance to show Ferrari and co what they were missing by having a go in the Mobil One Formula One simulator.

Of course the simulator can never be a substitute for real Formula One, but it was still a mightily impressive piece of kit. The simulator is a real F1 chassis sitting on top of some hydraulic trickery which throws you forwards, backwards and sideways depending on how you drive.