Carlos Sainz has mirrored on his first on-track expertise as a Ferrari Formulation 1 driver, insisting he’ll “always remember” his maiden take a look at with the group.
The Spaniard made his debut at Fiorano on Wednesday, having been chosen final 12 months by Ferrari to exchange Sebastian Vettel from 2021 onward.
Driving the SF71H automobile, which picked up six grand prix wins in the course of the 2018 season, Sainz accomplished over 100 laps all through the day.
Current on the take a look at alongside Sainz was his father, Carlos Sainz Senior, his team-mate Charles Leclerc and the Head of the Ferrari Driver Academy Marco Matassa, who labored with Sainz at Toro Rosso from 2015 to 2017.
“A day I’ll always remember,” Sainz mentioned. “This morning, the alarm went off at daybreak as a result of we had some very early conferences earlier than going out on monitor.
“Some of the particular moments for me at present was after I arrived on the circuit and I noticed the Ferrari with my quantity 55 on it.
“I used to be keen to leap within the automobile and that first set up lap was thrilling. Then we received all the way down to work and I’m very happy with how the day unfolded.
“We have been in a position to get by means of an in depth programme and I used to be in a position to familiarise myself with the entire setup: the engineers and mechanics, the steering wheel, the procedures that are clearly a bit completely different to these on the automobile I drove final season.
“It was very good to have my father there at such an essential second in my profession.
“And I’d prefer to thank Mattia, Laurent and everybody at Ferrari for such a heat welcome and such a optimistic first day within the 2018 automobile. I’m very joyful and couldn’t have wished for a greater begin.”
Ferrari is presently conducting a week-long take a look at, consisting of its 2021 drivers and members of its junior academy.
Sainz can be behind the wheel of the 2018 automobile on Thursday morning, earlier than 2021 Haas F1 driver Mick Schumacher takes over within the afternoon.
Schumacher will drive as soon as once more on Friday morning, earlier than his 2020 Formulation 2 rival Callum Ilott rounds out the take a look at within the night.