Montmelò, 14 May 2019 – Callum Ilott is unlikely to forget the past three days any time soon, for both good and bad reasons. Having secured his first podium finish in Formula 2 on Sunday, this morning, a little before 10am, the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) driver embarked on his first ever laps in a Formula 1 car. However, later on, he also made his first mistake in this type of car, which meant his day came to a premature close.
First run. Callum was driving for the Alfa Romeo Racing team in today’s first day of testing at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit. After an installation lap, the Cambridge born youngster did a first run of 7 laps, improving each time on his way to a time of 1’22”860. Callum quickly adapted to the car working with the engineers on finding the best balance and getting an understanding of the Pirelli tyres, which are quite different to those he is used to in Formula 2. In the morning, the Englishman completed two runs on the C3 compound, then a further two on the C2 tyres, doing a total of 31 laps.
Tricky track. After the lunch-break, Ilott was back in the car doing a further ten, with a best time of 1’19”819. Unfortunately, on his 42nd lap, the 20 year old ended up in the barrier which brought his day to a premature end. The FDA driver’s focus now switches back to Formula 2, as he will be racing in two weekend’s time in Monaco, for the fourth round of the season, driving for the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz Racing.