Giovinazzi: SF70H run 'a dream come true'
18 April 2017 – Antonio Giovinazzi says that a childhood dream came true after he drove Ferrari's current-specification Formula 1 car on the first day of the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test.
Giovinazzi, runner-up in GP2 (now F2) last year, joined Ferrari as its reserve driver ahead of the 2017 season, providing back-up to race drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen.
He made his first outing in a Formula 1 car at Fiorano in February, when he drove the 2015-spec SF15-T, comparing data acquired during simulator running and on the track.
The Italian went on to contest the first two races of the 2017 campaign with Sauber, racing in place of Pascal Wehrlein, who lacked fitness after injuring his back pre-season.
On Tuesday, he got another run in F1 machinery, this time at the wheel of the SF70H during in-season testing at the Sakhir circuit, ending the day second overall with 93 laps.
Ferrari stated that he displayed "maturity and professionalism" throughout.
"I enjoyed every single lap in the car," commented Giovinazzi after the test.
"To drive the car that won the last race and is leading the championship, working with the Ferrari engineers and mechanics, is a dream I've had since I was little and racing in karts."
Vettel also ran on the first test day, helping Pirelli with development tyres, and will continue until 21:00 local time, before he returns for a standard programme on Wednesday.