Haas F1 Team: Silverstone Test Recap
Haas F1 Team development driver Santino Ferrucci completed his second and final day of Formula One testing by logging 107 laps in the Haas VF-16 racecar on Wednesday at England’s Silverstone Circuit.
Ferrucci’s best lap around the 5.891-kilometer (3.660-mile), 18-turn circuit, a 1:33.141, was earned in the afternoon on a set of Pirelli P Zero Yellow soft tires and scored him seventh fastest. It was his best overall time of the two-day test, beating his quickest time from Tuesday’s session by 1.7 seconds. Ferrucci ran 55 laps on Tuesday, surpassing the 300-kilometer (187 miles) requirement necessary for obtaining an FIA superlicense.
Kimi Raikkonen of Scuderia Ferrari set Wednesday’s fastest time (1:30.665), while Esteban Ocon of Mercedes ran the most laps (139).
Silverstone was the second and final in-season test for Formula One teams. Rules state that two days of each in-season test must be allocated to young-driver training, which is classified as someone who has competed in two or fewer grands prix. Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutiérrez participated in the first open test May 17-18 at Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya, making them ineligible for the Silverstone test but providing the opportunity for Ferrucci.
“It was a great day and we achieved a lot for the team. We started with pit stop practices and everything went really well. I was then able to concentrate on some performance runs this afternoon. The soft tire was absolutely brilliant to drive on. The braking points are obviously a little bit later on the yellow tires and the traction was incredible. The guys did a great job setting up the car. The balance, for me, felt good all day. I had a lot of confidence in the car to really push the limits. Physically I felt good and the more laps I ran, the better I was feeling. It’s good to know I prepared well to be able to hop into the Formula One car from my GP3 car. Everything I’ve learned here will help me in the GP3 Series. The last couple of days have been a phenomenal experience. I couldn’t be happier.”
The FIA Formula One World Championship takes a weekend off before returning to action July 22-24 for the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring in Budapest. The GP3 Series will also be a part of the race weekend, with a pair of races July 23-24. Ferrucci will compete in both races for DAMS, and when not in the GP3 Series paddock, he will be embedded with Haas F1 Team during practice, qualifying and the race.