Fuoco upbeat after Ferrari test, notes ’15 to ’16 progress

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Ferrari Driver Academy member Antonio Fuoco felt upbeat following his first Formula 1 test of the year with the Italian marque in Barcelona on Wednesday.

Fuoco’s first and most recent outing with Ferrari came at last year’s in-season test in Austria, where a crash in wet conditions left his running under a cloud.

However, the Italian youngster enjoyed a trouble-free run in the SF16-H earlier this week as he stayed on in Spain following the opening round of his GP3 campaign the previous weekend.

“We did a good job today, a lot of laps, a lot of kilometers and it was a very positive day,” Fuoco said.

“The most complicated thing about an F1 car compared to the GP3 car I’m racing in the championship is managing the various procedures. And the extra downforce makes it more demanding, so some training is useful.

“Today, we worked on set-up, covering a bit of what Sebastian [Vettel] had done as a comparison. We tried some new components, but nothing special.”

Fuoco said he could note the progress that Ferrari had made between its 2015 and 2016 cars, even if the dry conditions made a direct comparison in all areas difficult to gauge.

“Compared to last year’s test I did in the 2015 car, it’s hard to draw comparisons. When I was driving in Austria the conditions were completely different,” Fuoco said.

“However, I’d say this year’s car is an improvement, it works very well. We ran a lot today and in general I did a good job with the team.

“I’d like to really thank the Scuderia and the Ferrari Driver Academy for this opportunity.”

Fuoco’s attention will now turn to the next round of the GP3 season in Austria at the beginning of July.