Sergio Perez and Jules Bianchi drove Ferrari’s 2009 F1 car at Fiorano today.
The Sauber driver did 46 laps with a best time of 1’00.650 in the F60.
Perez, who will remain at Sauber in 2012, said: “This was a really special day for me.
“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.
“I think there is room for me to do well where I am and that’s my current target. It’s impossible to say how things will go and my dream is to become world champion and it would be nice if it could happen with a team like this one.
“I have got a lot out of this time with the Ferrari Driver Academy. The work on the simulator, the meetings with the engineers are all things that will help me over the rest of the season and in general in the future.”
Bianchi, who finished third in this year’s GP2 championship, did 70 laps and set a best time of 1’00.213.
He said: “We did a lot of laps and once again it was a very useful experience for me. These laps all count a lot towards the future I’d like to have in Formula 1.
“Now, I’m looking forward to the Young Driver Test in Abu Dhabi and it will be very interesting to go from the 2009 car to the 2011 one, as it will be a good opportunity for me to try elements like DRS and KERS for the very first time.”
The test was overseen by Ferrari Driver Academy Head Luca Baldisseri.
“Today we followed two different programmes with Perez and Bianchi,” he said.
“Sergio impressed, despite this being his first time at the wheel of a Ferrari. 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.
“With Bianchi, who has been with us since last year, we used a car fitted with special sensors to study the correlation between the car on track and the simulator: many of his laps were what I’d call ‘interlocutory’ because the main aim of them was to acquire data.”
Sergio Perez and Jules Bianchi’s Ferrari test in pictures
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