Italian F3 duo to get prize test in Ferrari’s 2010 challenger at Vallelunga next Friday, alongside the FIA European F3 Champion…
Riccardo Agostini and Eddie Cheever Jr will get their first taste of F1 machinery when they test a 2010 Ferrari F10 at Vallelunga on Friday 9 November. The pair have won the opportunity for their successes in Italian F3 this year, where they battled Ferrari Driver Academy racer Brandon Maisano for the title.
Agostini sealed his Ferrari test by winning the rookie classification, and it seemed as though Cheever had succeeded in the European Series. However, a series of investigations against technical infringements led to Cheever (amongst others) being disqualified from two of the races at the season finale at Monza and Agostini securing both the European Series and Italian Series titles. Due to appeals, those results are still to be finalised. Fortunately for Cheever, the decisions have not denied him the Ferrari test as he will at least be runner-up to Agostini whatever the outcome.
“I am happy on running such an important test and I am preparing this event in the best possible way to get the most out of this occasion not only as a fantastic prize but also to shine on a car that is the dream of every driver,” said 18-year-old Agostini.
The test will be a particularly special moment for Cheever, coming 35 years after his father Eddie tested for Ferrari before missing out on a race seat in that car to Gilles Villeneuve, also when he was 19-years-old.
“This is a dream come true, and I hope that everything will go in the best possible way,” said Cheever Jr. “Being on a Ferrari 35 years after my dad is an unforgettable emotion, let’s hope to go as fast as he did back then.”
The Italian duo will join Daniel Juncadella on track in the F10. The Spaniard receives his test as one of the prizes for winning the revived FIA European F3 Championship.
All three drivers having been taking part in their maiden GP2 tests at Barcelona this week.