Formula 2 Runner-up Callum Ilott Joins Ferrari F1 as Test Driver

Published 12/16/2020, 2:50 AM EST
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 19: Mick Schumacher of Germany and Prema Racing speaks with Callum Illot of Great Britain and UNI-Virtuosi Racing after a press conference following the sprint race for the Formula 2 Championship at Hungaroring on July 19, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Ferrari is in dire straits. The team knows that its SF1000s need severe modifications as the faults in the car cost them valuable points this year. As a result, the Italians finished sixth in the Constructor’s Championship.

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Well, they are thinking of solutions, but time is not on their side.

On the brighter side of things, Mick Schumacher, the F2 champion, recently signed with Haas for the 2021 F1 season. Ferrari Driver’s Academy had hinted at both its drivers, Mick and Callum, securing a seat in F1 2021, however, the narrative turned out to be different.

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Nonetheless, Callum Ilott also made an impact with his F2 season as he placed P2 in the driver’s championship. He deserved a reward and Ferrari did not disappoint him. Although they could not manage a cockpit for him, they signed him as a test driver, which is still quite an opportunity to learn from for the Briton.

Test drivers are an essential part of the team. They test the cars and their alteration and provide the initial feedback to the engineers. Therefore, they form the basis on which the car is modified further. It may sound boring to many, but it thrills Callum to be the same.

I am very pleased to be joining Scuderia Ferrari as its test driver from next year. I look forward to contributing to the work the team does on and off track, and to all of the new things I can learn by taking on this exciting new challenge,” concluded Ilott.

Ilott to make the most of his opportunity at Ferrari

Callum Ilott states that he ‘will give my all to do a good job and gain as much experience as possible to continue making progress as a driver.‘ Well, with all that promise and optimism, Ferrari could have very well gained a gem.

Callum raced for UNI-Virtuosi in F2. Although his stint was exciting, a few wrong turns and unfortunate contacts saw the Briton fall behind Mick.

However, P2 in the F2 championship is not bad, and Callum Ilott believes the same. The racer’s performance was promising enough to promote him to the next level.

I only missed out [on the title] by 14 points, I could always give reasons why, but I don’t want to give excuses. I feel like if you are in the top three or top two, you shouldn’t have to prove yourself again,” highlighted Ilott.

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Well, now that he is with Ferrari, it is expected that he will only improve further. His compatriots are doing wonderful things in F1 and Ilott would want to follow suit as soon as possible.

He thanked the team for this opportunity and for their constant support. Humble English lads moving up the ranks in F1 have always been loved. Likewise, Britain will have high hopes for him as well.

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Indrasish Ganguly

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Indrasish Ganguly is an F1 author at Essentially Sports. An avid fan of the F1 championship, the Kolkata based writer admires Lewis Hamilton the most on the F1 grid. His interest in racing stems from his love for cars and speed.

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