2014 FIA European Formula 3 Champion Esteban Ocon had his second Formula 1 test in little over a week when he took to the track in a Ferrari F10 at the Italian team’s Fiorano circuit.
After earning high praise from the Lotus F1 Team after his maiden test in Valencia last week, Ferrari offered Ocon the chance of a test in a four-year old Ferrari as a reward for winning the European Formula 3 crown, and he didn’t disappoint.
The head of the Ferrari Driver Academy Luca Baldisserri was happy with how Ocon ran during the day, with the Frenchman not putting a foot wrong. He was also pleased that despite Ferrari being an ideal destination for many a driver in motorsport, Ocon did not seem overawed by the occasion, which Baldisserri believes bodes well for the young Frenchman’s future.
“It’s always very exciting for we engineers to be there when a young driver gets behind the wheel of a Ferrari Formula 1 car for the first time,” insisted Baldisserri. “Even if we are used to working with rookies, it’s a real surprise to see someone to take to the track, showing a level of professionalism as demonstrated by Esteban today.
“Despite it being his first time in one of our cars, he tackled the test without making any mistakes and was quick right from the start. It’s not an easy task, especially on an emotional level, because I reckon that driving a Ferrari is a dream for anyone who wants to be a professional racing driver and we hope that today’s good results are a good sign for his future.”
Speaking of his opportunity to test with Ferrari, the Frenchman admitted he was honoured to been given the opportunity to test for the legendary team, and hoped that the day at Fiorano would benefit him in the long run.
“It was great to walk around the premises of a great company like Ferrari,” said Ocon. “Only by being here can you get an idea of how much history and tradition you can sense from the place. I am very honoured to have had this opportunity.
“The track is very nice, very technical and varied and the car provides plenty of excitement with all its power and the way it responds immediately to driver input. I would like to thank all the mechanics and the team which supported me and I hope this day will prove useful for my future as a racing driver.”
After two weeks of F1 running since the season finale of the European Formula 3 Championship, Ocon will now return his focus to Formula 3 as he looks to tackle the legendary Macau Grand Prix in November with his Prema Powerteam outfit.