After the succesful Hungarian GP last weekend for Ferrari the Hungaroring this time hosted the inseason test. Ferrari had a succesful test with 98 laps on the first day, 100 laps on the second and topping both days on the timingscreens.
On the first day of testing Ferrari junior driver Charles Leclerc took driving duties of the SF-70h. The driver is seen as one of the biggest talents in the racingworld and he proved that on his day of testing. He topped the session and with 98 laps on the clock it certainly wasn’t a bad day of testing for him.
His reaction afterwards: “Driving a Ferrari is never a normal experience, it’s a great honour. I have been accorded and I thank Ferrari with all my heart for this opportunity. I am pleased with the work I did and I hope the team is too. It was the first time that I’ve driven a Formula 1 car with the wider tyres and this level of aerodynamic downforce and it was an incredible feeling. To set the fastest time is nice, but, in testing, its importance is only relative. I can now go on holiday in a happy mood, before concentrating on the second part of the F2 season. For the moment, Formula 1 is just a dream. I still have work to do and I know that: one step at a time.”
On the second day of testing Vettel drove for the first two hours of the day before handing over the car to Raikkonen. Vettel drove 40 laps and set the fastest time of the day. The Scuderia were testing a new diffuser and some other things you couldn’t see on the car. They were focussing on Spa and the last races of the season. It was difficult to test for Monza with the Italian track being a low downforce circuit and the Hungaroring being the absolute opposite. Raikkonen drove 60 laps and posted the third quickest time of the day.
Vettel afterwards: “It was a good opportunity to try a couple of things and get a feeling from the car. Obviously, in such a brief test you are not expecting to turn the world upside down, but it will be useful for the next races and for a better understanding of the car. I think this year we’ve been strong pretty much everywhere, of course there have been races in which we did not perform at our best but the purpose of all the work we do is to be in a good shape for the rest of the season. We’ve picked up momentum with the win in Hungary, now it’s up to us to keep it going, but I am confident that we have the right people and are going in the right direction.”
Raikkonen’s reaction: “We had a very good result, as a team, here in Hungary, but we always try to improve further. Today was a normal testing day, but obviously here you have more time and tires available than you have during a race weekend, so we try to get the best out of it. In the last few races, my feeling with the car has improved consistently, which shows that the new things we’ve brought have helped me drive better and better. Also, I am happy that I could help Charles Leclerc prepare for his test, but then it’s fair to say that all the team supported him.”