The day’s program was based on correlating simulator data, with the two drivers gathering important track information. Sharing the driving duties on the “standard” SF15-T were Ferrari’s test driver, Giovinazzi, who was behind the wheel in the first half and Raikkonen, who took over for the second half. The weather was far from ideal, especially when Raikkonen was driving, with the Finn having to deal with rain as well as strong winds. Nevertheless, he still completed several runs.
Giovinazzi’s track debut a day earlier with Ferrari in SF15-T was a successful one. As from the 2017 racing season, the Italian has come onboard at Scuderia Ferrari as its third driver. He ran a test program, approved by the FIA, aimed at making a comparison between data acquired in the simulator and on track.
The young Italian commented on his first F1 track experience, “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.”
As permitted within the rules relating to off-season testing, the 2015 car will be utilized for a period until the launch of the new car and start of the official pre-season test in late February.
Ferrari will be back on track next week, on 9 – 10 February, again at Fiorano, when the team will be evaluating Pirelli’s wet weather tyres.