The five-day testing of the Scuderia Ferrari on the Fioran ended yesterday afternoon after Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott drove the last laps in the Ferrari SF71, and a total of seven drivers competed over five days, driving more than 1,500 kilometers.
In addition to Mick and Callum, F1 race drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz took part in the test, and the Spaniard made his track debut with his new team. Robert Shwartzman and Marcus Armstrong also drove the SF71H, and Giuliano Alesi said goodbye to Ferrari’s driving academy after driving for the first time in a Formula 1 car, 30 years after his father Jean debuted with Ferrari.
In five days, the SF71H covered over 500 laps, the equivalent of more than 1,500 kilometers. It was a rewarding experience for the drivers, and also for the team, allowing the crew to return to the momentum of the races, testing all procedures for the upcoming season, which will be at least for the first part the same as last year, with staff divided into subgroups and ' bubbles ’and who must wear masks as part of the COVID-19 protocol.
Mick came out on the track shortly after 9:30 and did about fifty laps, the same as the previous afternoon, which is the total equivalent of the distance of one F1 race (about 300 km). Maya Weug, the first girl to join Ferrari Driving Academy, and James Wharton, who won the FDA’s World Final Scouting Championships, followed the event from the box.
From 13:21 the steering wheel of the SF71H was taken over by Callum Ilott, who finished second after Mick in the 2020 Formula 2 Championship. This was his second ride in a 2018 Ferrari car after he drove it on Sept.
30 last year on the # RoadToF1 test, in which Mick Schumacher and Robert Shwartzman also took part. Callum did almost 50 laps, without any problems going through the entire program prepared by the team. Scuderia is now continuing preparations for the upcoming season at the factory.
Ferrari drivers will return to the track in Bahrain in mid-March (12-14) when the pre-season test is scheduled, and from 26 to 28 March. the first race of the season on the same track is scheduled. “Seven drivers on the track over five days, traversing more than 1,500 kilometers between them, created a really busy week for the team at Fiorano,” said Laurent Mekies, sporting director of the Scuderia Ferrari.
"The most important aspect of the test was to give the official drivers of the Scuderia race, Charles and Carlos, a chance to get back into the driving momentum after the winter break." "For the FDA guys, it was another opportunity to experience driving a Formula 1.
For Carlos and Marcus, the test was also 'first', as the Spaniard made his debut with the new team, and the New Zealander experienced a Formula 1 car for the first time."