On This Day In F1 - Ferrari Had A Surprise Guest Test Driver

On This Day In F1 - Ferrari Had A Surprise Guest Test Driver

A look back at what happened on 8 December in Formula 1 history

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An F1 front-runner in the 1970s and early 80s, Carlos Reutemann took five of his 12 grand prix victories at the wheel of a Ferrari and in 2004 was invited to the factory for a tour.

During his chats with the team, the idea popped up that he should have a go in the modern F2004 around Fiorano - and that’s exactly what happened.

(c) Ferrari
(c) Ferrari

The then-62-year-old Reutemann returned the next day, donned a helmet with his old colours on and completed 17 laps of the track, something he called “an unforgettable experience”.

(c) Ferrari
(c) Ferrari

He continued:

“I want to thank Ferrari for organising this run. Even though it’s a holiday today and for allowing me to feel these emotions and I really had a lot of fun! The car is impressive, especially in terms of the power of the engine. It’s a whole new world compared to the cars I drove in my day. On the television, today’s Formula 1 car can look easy, but having tried it for myself, I can say that’s not the case!”