Maranello, 23 December – After winning the Formula Renault Alps championship, Antonio Fuoco and the Ferrari Driver Academy have not had a moment’s respite. During December, the 17 year old FDA student went through a busy test programme at the wheel of a Formula 3 Dallara, in preparation for his debut in the category in 2014. Having taken to the track in Jerez, Estoril and Barcelona, today was the last of two days of testing for Fuoco at the Valencia circuit.
“This test programme meant I had my second go at the wheel of a Formula 3 car,” explained Fuoco. “I didn’t have much of a reference point, but in the eight days of testing I got a better feeling for the car, the tyres and the new engine in its 2014 configuration. We got some good results and overall, I’m happy with the work we completed with the Prema team.”
For Antonio, the test was an opportunity to familiarise himself with a technical challenge that is completely new to him. ”The aspect of the Formula 3 car that impressed me the most was that it produces a lot of aerodynamic downforce,” he said. “What takes the longest to understand well is the tyre behaviour. This year, in Formula Renault, I used Michelins, while in Formula 3 the tyres are Hankook. They are very different to one another and require different driving styles. My understanding of these tyres gradually improved, both when simulating qualifying and over a race distance, but there’s still a lot of work to do on this front.”
Now Fuoco can enjoy a well deserved Christmas break, but in the first few days of January, he will have to pack his bags again and head for Miami, as he will take part in four rounds of the Florida Winter Series.