Ferrari Driver Academy members Giuliano Alesi and Marcus Armstrong got their first taste of Formula 1 at Fiorano on Monday – with Alesi having his maiden test some 30 years on from his father Jean’s first-ever run with the Scuderia.
Alesi Sr first tested a Ferrari 641 in October 1990, and his son got his chance in a 2018-spec SF71H – sporting the same number, 28, that his dad used in that test and his inaugural season at Ferrari in 1991.
His first run was impacted by a damp track and cold conditions, but after a wet-tyred run he was sent out on slicks with his father watching on from the sidelines.
“I’d like to thank Ferrari and the FDA for this fantastic opportunity today,” said Alesi Jr, who is set to race in Japan this coming season. Giuliano Alesi has left the Ferrari Driver Academy, after testing a F1 car for the first time: “To be able to get in the cockpit of the SF71H was incredibly exciting as was driving the car on track with my father watching and sporting the same race number he used. In terms of handling, the car is not too difficult to drive, but the power was surprising and never seems to end. The immediacy and efficiency of the braking is also impressive. This test was the best way possible for me to bid farewell to Ferrari. Now a new adventure awaits me in Asia and I can’t wait for it to start.”
His father Jean Alesi also said today: “I am thankful to Ferrari for giving my son Giuliano the opportunity to drive this car. It is the most important day in any driver’s life. Thanks to everyone and forza Ferrari!”
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