Circuit: Yas Marina Circuit – 5.554 km
Driver: Raffaele Marciello
Car: Ferrari F14 T
Weather: air temperature 25/29 °C, track temperature 27/32 °C. Sunny
Laps/Km completed: 91/505
Best time: 1.43.208
Today was the final day of track action for 2014. Driving for Scuderia Ferrari on the Yas Marina circuit was Raffaele Marciello. The youngster, who is a student at Maranello’s Ferrari Driver Academy settled in quickly to working with the team and provided precise feedback from the cockpit. Today’s programme included aerodynamic measurement work as well as set-up tests, based on the data acquired yesterday. In the afternoon, the team continued with a comparison of the 2015 Pirelli compounds and those used in the season just ended.
Over the two days of testing, the F14 T completed a total of 172 laps, equivalent to 955 km.
“Today was a dream come true” said Raffaele speaking to www.ferrari.com. “For an Italian, to jump into a Ferrari, at an official test no less, is a really strong emotion and I am grateful to the team for giving me this opportunity. You can really feel the difference, compared to a GP2 car, especially in terms of engine power and the braking force. This being my first time at the wheel of an F14 T, I had to gradually adapt my driving style, but in general, I felt comfortable and I hope I helped the team gather useful data. It was impossible not to think about Jules: he and I joined the Ferrari Driver Academy at the same time and if I am here today, it’s in part because he is not. Jules taught me to always push myself to the limit and here today, I tried to do that for him.”
The next time the team takes to the track will be at the first of the winter tests, at Jerez de la Frontera in early February, when the new car will make its debut.