ferrari-logo-2011Testing at Silverstone Circuit – “A whole different world”

Circuit: Silverstone – 5.891km
Driver: Davide Rigon
Car: Ferrari F138
Weather: air temperature 20/28 °C, track temperature 28/45 °C. Sunny.

Scuderia Ferrari got through its planned programme on this opening day of the Young Driver Test. Exceptionally this year, alongside the youngsters aspiring to make it to Formula 1, the ten teams taking part are allowed to use their official race drivers to test the new Pirelli tyres.

Davide Rigon was at the wheel of the F138 at Silverstone, working on a series of tests that were mainly aerodynamic in nature. He completed a total of 447.716 kilometres around the English track, where the hot and sunny weather, which can also be expected at the next round of the championship in Hungary, provided ideal testing conditions.

The Italian driver completed 76 laps, on the way to posting the ninth fastest time of the day in 1.34.874.

“We got through a lot of work today, starting off mainly with me adapting to the car, because apart from a filming day in Barcelona, I hadn’t driven it on track. I had raced here at Silverstone in a GT car before, but Formula 1 is a completely different world! We weren’t looking at the lap times, but worked mainly on acquiring data from comparing different aero configurations, which is a very important part of my work on the simulator. There were no particular problems with the tyres, although we didn’t do any particularly long runs. Compared to last year’s test at Magny-Cours, the demands are different and the programme is longer, but I am happy to deal with this responsibility and I am grateful to the team for the faith they have shown in my efforts. I really hope it is of use to them.”

Rigon continues testing for the Scuderia here tomorrow.

Rigon and Massa on track at Silverstone

Maranello, 16 July – Getting behind the wheel of the F138 at the Silverstone test will be Davide Rigon and Felipe Massa: the Italian driver, who has been on the books at the Scuderia since 2011, will take to the track on all three days, vacating the cockpit for Massa only on Friday morning, when the Brazilian will be able to assess the new Pirelli compounds. The team has taken this decision so that Davide will be able to work on the technical development of the car, while also giving useful cockpit time to Felipe, who is keen to get back on track after his rather short German GP.

Race drivers have been given a dispensation by the FIA to drive at this test, as a result of the tyre problems that occurred at Silverstone during the Grand Prix back on 30th June. The work programme has been established solely by Pirelli and approved by the FIA, with a fixed number of sets available.