A Day in Formula 1 for Robert, Callum and Mick
A day to remember at the Fiorano track for Robert Shwartzman, Callum Ilott and Mick Schumacher, students of the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) who took turns at the wheel of a 2018 Ferrari SF71H for become familiar with a Formula 1 car as part of the # RoadToF1 program. Mick and Callum will make their debut in the first free practice session of the Eifel Grand Prix, scheduled for October 9th at the Nürburgring; respectively with Alfa Romeo Racing and Haas F1 Team. Robert’s debut will be on 11 December, the weekend of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Robert. The first to get into the car, shortly after 9, was Robert, a 21-year-old Russian driver, this season capable of three Formula 2 championship wins. For him it was his first lap ever at the wheel of a single-seater. Formula 1. The car entered the track at 9.03 for an installation lap. Twenty minutes later Robert, who has been with the FDA since 2017, began his real first run, initially lapping cautiously but quickly measuring the car and circuit.
Callum. At 12 o’clock it was Callum Ilott’s turn. For the British driver, in the FDA since 2018 and currently second in the Formula 2 standings with three wins, it was the first time at the wheel of a Ferrari. The 21-year-old from Cambridge had already tested a Formula 1 car last year in the test session following the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, when he was able to drive the Ferrari-powered Alfa Romeo Racing C38. Ilott covered a good number of laps of the 2,976-meter circuit with a steady pace, perfect for preparing the debut of the Nürburgring.
Mick. At 3 pm it was the turn of Mick Schumacher, currently leading the Formula 2 championship standings with two victories. For the 21-year-old German, who has been in the FDA since 2019, this was not his debut in a Ferrari since he had already been able to drive the 2019 SF90 last year in Bahrain and the Alfa Romeo Racing C38 on the same occasion. Mick also completed his program which aimed to get him in tune with a single-seater of the highest category after so many Formula 2 races in a few months.
Upcoming commitments. The Formula 2 championship is currently at a standstill pending the two rounds scheduled in Bahrain on 28 and 29 November and 5 and 6 December.
Robert Shwartzman # 35
“I had been dreaming of the day of my debut at the wheel of a Formula 1 car since I was a child and finally today that moment has arrived. Being able to drive this car was fantastic and a lot of fun.
Power is the most striking element: when you accelerate the horses seem to never end. Braking also has an effect: the car stops even when it seems too late to take the corner. In addition to driving the car, it was also special to work with the team. The group is really large and attention is paid to every little detail. It truly operates at a very high level . Thanks to everyone who made this memorable day possible. ”
Callum Ilott # 53
“Today is a difficult day to forget. I had already had the opportunity to drive a Formula 1 car last year, but today I was able to regain confidence with the car when there are less than ten days to my debut in a Grand Prix weekend. It was very helpful and I thank Ferrari and the FDA for giving me this opportunity.
I was struck by the aerodynamic efficiency of the SF71H, which allows you to have a grip unknown to the other categories, the extreme power of the engine and quick braking ”
Mick Schumacher # 47
“I thank Ferrari and the FDA for giving me the opportunity to get back behind the wheel of a Formula 1 hybrid car a few days after my debut on a Grand Prix weekend at the Nürburgring. It was very useful to regain confidence with the procedures, which are fairly complex, and also with the operation of a team of the highest category.
A few weeks ago at Mugello I had the chance to drive an F2004, an extraordinary car but no longer recent. Getting behind the wheel of a 2018 hybrid single-seater allowed me to appreciate how significant the contribution of the electrical part of the Power Unit is and how far Formula 1 has progressed from an aerodynamic point of view.
I can’t wait to get into the cockpit in Germany, it will be nice to be able to make my official debut in the top category in front of my fans. In the team I will also find some mechanics who worked with my father and this will make that day even more special. ”
Marco Matassa Technical Manager FDA
“I am very satisfied with this day. I would like to thank the Scuderia Ferrari race team who assisted us, because in such an intense championship season they did not hold back in the face of a trivial effort such as changing the car configuration twice in a day and assisting three young drivers in the approach to a car as complex as a Formula 1 hybrid car.
On the technical side, I’m happy with how Mick, Callum and Robert quickly adapted to the SF71H. For two of them this was not the first time in a Formula 1, but it was not easy to switch from the driving style necessary to drive a Formula 2 car to one more suited to a Formula 1, equipped with more power, a Incredibly more advanced braking system and a power steering on the steering wheel that rewards steering sensitivity and precision. Instead they were quick and immediately started running with a great pace. I am convinced that the laps made today will be very useful for Mick and Callum in anticipation of their Formula 1 debut on Friday at the Nürburgring.
From a human point of view, of this test I carry in my heart the three guys in the red overalls in front of their Ferrari, posing for the group photo, and the emotion of Robert who made his debut today at the wheel of a Formula car. 1, a moment that remains unforgettable for every driver ”