Fuoco gets down to business as Ferrari complete 118 laps


Ferrari Driver Academy’s Antonio Fuoco got his turn behind the Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H today in the second day of testing at Barcelona.

Completing a total of 118 laps throughout the day, the young Italian undertook a number of tasks including engine mapping, evaluation of the rear wing and set-up work.

“We did a good job today, a lot of laps, a lot of kilometres and it was a very positive day.” said Fuoco. “The most complicated thing about an F1 car compared to the GP3 car I’m racing in the championship is managing the various procedures. And the extra downforce makes it more demanding, so some training is useful.”

The afternoon consisted of a similar programme that Sebastian Vettel ran yesterday as the team carried out a qualifying simulation run as they looked to solve the issues that plagued the team this weekend on Saturday.

“Today, we worked on set-up, covering a bit of what Sebastian had done as a comparison. We tried some new components, but nothing special.” added the young Italian.

“Compared to last year’s test I did in the 2015 car, it’s hard to draw comparisons. When I was driving in Austria the conditions were completely different. 

“However, I’d say this year’s car is an improvement, it works very well. We ran a lot today and in general I did a good job with the team and I’d like to really thank the Scuderia and the Ferrari Driver Academy for this opportunity.”

Fuoco’s best time of the day was a 1:24.720, set on the Soft compound tyres.