Driving a Ferrari is always something special and to do so at an official F1 test makes it even more so. And Antonio Giovinazzi, despite feeling a bit under the weather, made the most of it, covering 148 laps of the Catalan track, the quickest being a 1’16”972, set on the Hypersoft tyres. His time was very close to the quickest lap of 1m 16.904s, which was posted by Valtteri Bottas for Mercedes, in the morning session, putting the Finn on top
“It was a tiring day.” – commented Antonio, as reported by the Maranello team’s official website at the the end of the testing session – “We did a lot of laps, but I really enjoyed it. Apart from yesterday, driving the Alfa Sauber, I hadn’t driven in an official test session since last year in Abu Dhabi. We had an interesting programme to work on, with various things to test and different tyre compounds to try. The test was productive and delivered a really big amount of data to correlate with that from the simulator. To be at the wheel of a Ferrari is always a privilege and it was a fantastic feeling.” – the Italian driver concluded.
The first in-season test session has thus ended. There will be two more days, the 31stJuly and 1stAugust, at the Hungaroring, after the 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix.