Formula 1 is set for its biggest rule change for two decades ahead of the 2017 season and given the major regulation changes in regards to aerodynamics and tyres for the new F1 World Championship, in-season testing will most likely play a crucial part in the development process of the cars during the seasons, as every team will hope to either gain an advantage or catch-up over their rivals. This is something Scuderia Ferrari should improve from previous years, even from 2016, when the Italian side started as the second team on the grip in regards to the performance of the car, but eventually fell behind Red Bull Racing as the season progressed.
In previous years Barcelona and Silverstone had hosted the in-season testing sessions, but for the 2017 Formula One Championship both tests, which will each last two days, are scheduled to take place in Sakhir (in April) and at the Hungaroring Circuit, later in August, after the Grand Prix in Hungary. The FIA have however added a small change meaning that this time every team on the Formula One grid must hand over two of the four days of testing to drivers who have competed in two or less Grands Prix in their career. As a result, Antonio Giovinazzi will most likely be involved in at least two days of testing for Scuderia Ferrari. The rule will give the teams the possibility to split both test sessions (with one day in Bahrain and one day in Hungary) or have the regular drivers test the full two days in Bahrain/Hungary. There is also likely to be a test session following the 2017 Formula One season finale in Abu Dhabi, which will take place on November 26, in order to test and prepare Pirelli’s tyres for the 2018 F1 season.