Ferrari’s recently appointed reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi sampled Formula 1 power for the first time at the wheel of a Ferrari SF15-T during a test day at Fiorano on Thursday.
The Italian driver, who was runner-up in the 2016 GP2 Series ran a test programme, approved by the FIA, aimed at making a comparison between data acquired in the simulator and on track.
Giovinazzi summed up his day, “It was a wonderful feeling, as this was my first time driving a Formula 1 car. For an Italian, driving out of the pits in a Ferrari is an amazing experience.
“The actual testing was very interesting, with so many procedures to follow. But the guys in the team were very nice to me and extremely helpful and that made everything much easier. I’d like to thank the whole team,” added the 23 year old.
Ferrari added in the press release: “As permitted within the rules relating to off-season testing, the 2015 car will be running again [Friday].”