Scuderia Ferrari has completed a two-day testing programme at the Fiorano Circuit, the private racetrack located in Fiorano Modenese, which is owned by Ferrari and used for development and testing purposes. The Maranello side scheduled correlation work for the two-day testing and carried out a couple of runs despite the rainy, cold weather conditions. The timesheet is less important for the moment, the primary objective being the way in which the data gathered from the simulators can relate to the real information on the track.
Scuderia Ferrari fired up its two-year old car SF15-T in Fiorano to complete the scheduled test, as the Italian team’s newly recruited third driver Antonio Giovinazzi drove on the first day while on the second day the driving duties were shared by Antonio Giovinazzi in the morning and the team’s last F1 champion Kimi Raikkonen who took over the wheel during the afternoon session.
The SF15-T was in standard configuration, which means the team did not run its ‘mule’ car that can replicate the downforce levels expected for the 2017 Formula 1 season. 23-year-old Giovinazzi was pleased after the test in Fiorano: “It was a very nice feeling to complete the first laps in a Formula 1 car and it is a unique experience for an Italian to leave the garage with a Ferrari. The test itself was also interesting. There were many procedures which I had to follow. The guys were very friendly and made my life easy. I want to say a big thank you for that to the whole team” said Antonio Giovinazzi, as reported by the Italian national sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport.
On Thursday and Friday the Fiorano Circuit will host a new important testing programme, this time as part of Pirelli’s development process regarding the wet weather tyres for the 2017 Formula 1 championship.