Test Barcelona – Day 2: A further 247 laps for Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow
This was the final day of the two day session in Barcelona and Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow added a further 247 laps to their total. Antonio Fuoco and Charles Leclerc were driving today. The Italian was working for the team, while the Monegasque driver was carrying out tyre development work for Pirelli.
Morning. In the first four hours of track time, Charles did 73 laps at the wheel of his SF90, with a best time of 1’18”666, while Antonio did 66 laps. The Italian did not push too hard on the opening laps, as he got to grips with the actual car, having covered a very high mileage in the simulator. It was Fuoco’s first drive in a current machine, as his last test dated back to 2016, when the technical specification of the cars was quite different. Antonio ran both the C2 and C3 tyres, while trying some specific components in a series of short runs, to continue the car’s development programme, which allowed him to make a first hand comparison with driving in the simulator. His best time was a 1’18”182.
Afternoon. After the lunch break, Leclerc continued the development work for the sport’s sole tyre supplier, some of it already looking at 2021, while Fuoco concentrated on some long runs, which helped him get a good understanding of the SF90. Charles covered a total of 127 laps (591 km), with a best time of 1’17”349. Antonio did 120 (559 km) and also tried the C4 compound tyres. His best lap was a 1’17”284.
On to Monaco. Over the two days of testing, Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow did a total of 512 laps, equivalent to 2,383 kilometres. The team will be back in action on Thursday next week when free practice starts for the sixth round of the season, the Monaco Grand Prix, which is also Charles Leclerc’s home race.
Antonio Fuoco #32
“It was a positive day. We completed various tests and ran a total of 120 laps. In terms of the programme, we concentrated on short runs with different tyre compounds in the morning followed by longer runs in the afternoon and performance runs at the end of the day. The car felt really good to drive. It will be important for us to analyse the data we collected today, as well as the correlation with the simulator, given that I do a lot of work in it. I really enjoyed the day and would like to thank the team for this opportunity.”