3 rising stars got the chance of a lifetime yesterday (Friday 9th November 2012) when they were given the chance to test a Ferrari Formula One car at the Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi just outside of Rome.
Daniel Juncadella, 21, was awarded the test for winning the the new FIA European Formula 3 Championship as well as the F3 Euro Series, becoming the first person to be awarded such a prize for triumphing in those championships. The Barcelona native took to the track in the morning, completing 5 runs in the car.
Despite the vast difference between a Formula 3 car and a Formula 1 car, Juncadella appeared to adapt well to the car, which was a 2009 F60.
Eddie Cheever Jr.
Also in action were teenagers Riccardo Agostini (18) and Eddie Cheever Jr. (19). Agostini, Italian F3 champion, and Cheever Jr., Italian F3 Runner up, got their test chances for their respective success in the aforementioned series. The Series has awarded Ferrari F1 tests to the champion and runner up since 2008. Cheever Jr., son of former F1 and Indy Car driver Eddie Cheever, ran in the morning whilst Agostini got behind the wheel in the afternoon. Cheever Jr. stated that he was 'a bit nervous' beforehand, whilst Agostini called the test 'a positive experience' and praised Ferrari's approach to the test. ACI - CSAI (Italian Motor Sport Commission) President Angelo Sticchi Damiani was also pleased with the day.
Footage from Daniel Juncadella's runs can be seen below: