Ferrari Academy members Robert Schwartzman, Callum Ilott and Mick Schumacher spent the day before testing in Fiorano, taking turns driving a 2018 Ferrari SF71H. Following Robert, Mick and Callum commented on the work on the track.
Mick Schumacher: “I want to thank Ferrari and the Racing Academy for the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a Formula 1 hybrid car just days before my debut at the Nurburgring race weekend. It was very useful for me to remember all the rather complex procedures and see at what the highest level the team works.
A few weeks ago in Mugello, I was piloting the F2004, a stunning but outdated car. Behind the wheel of the 2018 hybrid car, I realized how important the electrical component of the power plant is and how much progress has been made in Formula 1 in terms of aerodynamics.
Can’t wait to get back to the cockpit in Germany – it’s great to take part in free rides in front of my fans. There were a few mechanics left on the team who worked with my father, which made the day special. ”
Callum Aylott: “Unforgetable day! Last year I already piloted Formula 1, but on tests I was able to remember all the features of the car ten days before the debut during the race weekend. The races were very helpful and I am grateful to Ferrari for this opportunity.
In the SF71H, I was struck by the aerodynamic efficiency – a level of traction not available in other racing series. I was also impressed by the incredible engine power and instant braking. ”
Marco Matassa, Technical Director of the Racing Academy: “I am very pleased with how the tests went and I am grateful to the team for their support. In the middle of such a busy season, it is not easy to change the configuration of the car according to the individual preferences of the three riders, helping them to deal with the complexities of a Formula 1 hybrid car.
I’m happy with how Mick, Callum and Robert quickly got used to driving the SF71H. For the first two, this is not the first experience of piloting Formula 1, but it is still not easy to change the style that they developed in Formula 2. The Formula 1 car is much more powerful, it has a more perfect braking system, and the steering requires special sensitivity and control precision. However, all the riders quickly found an approach and showed a good time. I’m sure the work done will help Mick and Callum on Friday at the Nurburgring.
Emotionally, it was nice to see all three pose in red racing suits in front of a Ferrari in a group photo. I am especially happy for Robert, because he got behind the wheel of Formula 1 for the first time – an unforgettable moment for any driver. ”