Ilott’s potential is clear – Steiner
Haas workforce principal Guenther Steiner says it’s apparent why Ferrari charges Callum Ilott extremely forward of his FP1 debut on the Eifel Grand Prix in simply over per week’s time.
Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) member Ilott is at present second within the FIA Components 2 championship standings, 22 factors behind chief Mick Schumacher. The highest two will each make their FP1 debuts on the subsequent race on the Nurburgring – Schumacher with Alfa Romeo and Ilott with Haas – and Steiner says he has been impressed by the British driver’s performances this yr.
“Callum Ilott has clearly demonstrated this season why Ferrari maintain him in such excessive regard,” Steiner stated. “He’s demonstrated his outright tempo and race craft all through 2020 with 4 pole positions and three wins in what’s been undoubtedly one other extremely aggressive season of F2 competitors. We’re pleased to current him with the chance to drive a Components 1 automotive on the Nürburgring.”
Ilott himself examined for Alfa Romeo in Barcelona final yr however has but to drive for Haas, and he says getting to take action on the Nurburgring is right for him as it’s a venue he has carried out properly at earlier than.
“It’s an actual privilege to get my first run in a free apply session, particularly to do it with Haas F1 Crew,” Ilott stated. “It’s wonderful to have this opportunity at a observe that’s one among my favorites – it was the place I scored the primary podium of my profession again in 2015. The Nurburgring means so much to me and is a observe with an actual heritage, so it’s nice that I’ll have my first outing at a Components 1 race weekend there.
“Because of Haas F1 Crew and to the Ferrari Driver Academy for giving me such an excellent alternative. It needs to be actually enjoyable and thrilling. I plan to benefit from it, I’m positively trying ahead to it.”