Scuderia Ferrari’s five days of testing at Fiorano ended today, with Mick Schumacher at the wheel in the morning and test driver Callum Ilott taking over for the afternoon.
No less than seven riders took part in the test: besides Mick Schumacher, Robert Shwartzman, Marcus Armstrong and Callum Ilott, the others were the official riders Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, the latter making his track debut with the Prancing Horse.
Frenchman Giuliano Alesi also said his farewell to the Ferrari Driver Academy, having made his first Formula 1 test, 30 years after his father Jean made his debut in the team.
In five days, the SF71H covered more than 500 laps, or more than 1,500 kilometers. It was a useful experience for the pilots but also for the team, allowing the crew to get back into the rhythm of the race, to test all the procedures for the coming season, which at least for the first part will be the same as last year.
This Friday, Mick Schumacher took to the track shortly after 9:30 a.m. and completed around fifty extra laps. [50 tours bouclé également ce jeudi], the whole being the equivalent of a Grand Prix distance.
Maya Weug, the first girl to join the Ferrari Driver Academy, and James Wharton, who won the FDA Scouting World Finals, watched the proceedings from the pits. Then, from 1:20 p.m., Callum Ilott, who finished second behind Mick Schumacher in the 2020 Formula 2 Championship, took over at the wheel of the SF71H.
Ilott completed nearly 50 laps this Friday, going through the entire team prepared program without any problems.
” Seven drivers on the track over the five days, covering more than 1,500 kilometers between them. It has been a very busy week for the Fiorano team. “ explains Laurent Mekies, sporting director of Scuderia Ferrari.
“The most important aspect of the test was to give the official Scuderia drivers Charles and Carlos the opportunity to get back behind the wheel after the winter break. “
“For the guys from the FDA it was another chance to experience driving a Formula 1 car. For Carlos and Marcus the test was also a ‘first’ as the Spaniard was doing his debut with his new team and the New Zealander was experiencing Formula 1 for the first time. “
“For Giuliano, the test was a farewell gift, as his time with the FDA has come to an end. I think the best thing to take away about the week was the vibe in the garage at our home circuit, with all the guys really happy to be back on the track, to get the best possible preparation for the season. to come up. “
Scuderia Ferrari is now resuming preparations for the upcoming season in the factory. The Ferrari drivers will be back on track in Bahrain in mid-March for the 2021 winter testing.