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Ocon impresses in Ferrari test

2014-10-30 02:50:43

Following on from his Lotus test, Esteban Ocon put in the laps in a Ferrari F10 as part of his prize for winning the European Formula 3 Championship

Ocon impresses in Ferrari test

Last week, the Frenchman was in action with Lotus at Valencia, who stated that he had done “exceptionally well.”

His F1 experiences, though, weren’t over.

On Wednesday he headed to Fiorano where he drove a four-year-old Ferrari F10.

Like Lotus, the team was very impressed with the 18-year-old.

“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, because 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,” said Luca Baldisserri, the head of Ferrari’s Driver Academy.

“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.”

Ocon, meanwhile, was delighted to have the opportunity to put a Ferrari through its paces.

“It was great to walk around the premises of a great company like Ferrari. 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,” he said.

“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.”

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