A good first day of testing for Ferrari junior Robert Shwartzman. The 23-year-old, who this year shares the role of development and reserve driver with Antonio Giovinazzi, completed 87 laps of the Fiorano track in the first of the three days of “training test” organized by the Scuderia to allow the official drivers to get back in touch with the track after the winter stop.
Robert Shwartzman had the privilege of officially opening the Scuderia’s track activity for this year: only after 10 in the morning was the Ferrari test driver able to leave the Fiorano box behind the wheel of an SF21, the single-seater that the Maranello team used two seasons ago, after the asphalt was partially dried by the water collected on the track due to yesterday’s rain and snow.
The test at the end of January has become a fixed appointment for the team in recent years, proving to be useful not only for the drivers, but also for the mechanics and engineers to regain confidence with the work on the track. Following Robert Shwartzman were among others Matteo Togninalli, head of track engineers and Riccardo Adami, technician who follows Carlos Sainz.
35 laps were completed in the morning, while in the afternoon Robert Shwartzman added 52 more, ending the day again on rain tires with 259 kilometers covered.
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In the garage, for most of the day, three juniors of the Ferrari Driver Academy were present: the girls Maya Weug and the newcomer Aurelia Nobels, as well as Arthur Leclerc who had the opportunity to find out how a Formula 1 team works.
Tomorrow it will be Carlos Sainz’s turn to get on the SF21 if bad weather doesn’t return at Fiorano, while Charles Leclerc will be active on Thursday in the third last day of this winter session.