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GP Week : Issue 134
F1 NEWS >> For your daily dose of Formula 1 news ... Perez drives a Ferrari as teams conduct aero tests SErGIO Perez spent half a day driving the F60, Ferrari’s 2009 challenger, as part of the Ferrari Young Driver academy on Thursday. The Fiorano outing was the Mexican driver’s first taste of a Ferrari F1 car, and came about after two days of intensive simulator work prepared the young man for the machine. “ This was a really special day for me,” said Perez. “I want to thank Ferrari for giving me this chance to improve and learn, given the limited number of testing opportunities during the year. Driving a Ferrari was a dream for me and it’s also important for my career, learning with a team like this and experiencing a different approach to the work.” Perez, who is often described as a future Ferrari driver, impressed the bosses at Maranello. “Sergio impressed, despite this being his first time at the wheel of a Ferrari,” said academy head Luca Baldisserri on Ferrari’s official website. “He proved to be aggressive and quick right from the start and was able to adapt to the car in a very short space of time. He is very mature for his age, displaying an understanding that goes beyond the time he has spent driving single-seaters.” Ferrari were not the only team giving a reserve driver a shot in a straight-line aero test. Max Chilton conducted aero tests for Force India, while Virgin reserve man Robert Wickens got behind the wheel in Vairano on Tuesday. “It was a slow start to the day due to an issue with the engine, however the Cosworth technicians working with the team did a good job to solve the problem as quickly as possible,” team principal John Booth explained. “From that point on, the day ran pretty much to plan and we have been able to collect a huge amount of data to analyse. Robert also did a great job in his F1 testing debut. It was his first time in the MVR-02 car and he adapted very quickly to the controls and steering wheel. It has been a very positive experience for him which he has handled very well.” 13