Callum Ilott To Serve As Ferrari Test Driver After Missing Out On Haas Seat

Callum Ilott was previously tipped to join the Haas F1 Team next year, but the American racing outfit ultimately decided to sign Nikita Mazepin.

Callum Ilott will serve as Ferrari’s test driver next season, the Scuderia announced this week.

“I am very pleased to be joining Ferrari as its test driver from next year,” Ilott said in a statement.

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“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.

“I will give my all to do a good job and gain as much experience as possible to continue making progress as a driver.

“I would like to thank the Ferrari Driver Academy and Scuderia Ferrari for this great opportunity and their support. It has been an honour to be part of their programme for the past three years and I am pleased to continue our journey together,” he added.

Ilott, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, finished second in the Formula Two Drivers’ Standings, just 14 points adrift of Mick Schumacher.

The British driver was previously tipped to join the Haas F1 Team next year, but he missed out after the American racing outfit opted to sign Nikita Mazepin, who finished fifth in the 2020 F2 Championship.

Ilott took part in the Young Drivers’ Test in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday with Alfa Romeo, lapping around 1.5 seconds slower than the fastest lap of pacesetter Fernando Alonso in the Renault.

Commenting on the test, Ilott said: “It’s been an amazing day, driving an incredible car.

“From my personal point of view, I’ve really enjoyed it. It took a lot of focus to keep performing at this level, in such a powerful car, but it’s been really good and I hope to get more opportunities to drive this car in the future.”

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