On the 29th of September, after Formula 2's Sochi weekend was reaching a close, the drivers were ready to head for a two-month break before ending the season in Bahrain. But not for UNI-Virtuosi driver Callum Ilott as it was announced that he will be partaking for the very first time at the Nürburgring as part of his role in the Ferrari Driver Academy alongside Mick Schumacher who is also part of the young drivers program.
It was announced that Ilott will be climbing into the Haas Vf-20.
Ilott who obtained three wins and five podiums this Formula 2 season sits in second place at 169 points, just 22 points shy of championship leader, Mick Schumacher.
When interviewed prior to this weeks race, according to F2.com, he states, "It's a real privilage to get my first run in a free practice session, especially to do it with Haas F1 Team. It's amazing to have this chance at a track that is one of my favourites - it was where I scored the first prodium of my career back in 2015".
Fast forwarding to Eifel GP, during Free Pratice 1, with experiencing heavy rain and fog coming from the mountains, this resulted in FIA to forcing a cancellation of Free Practice which resulted in holding off Ilott's F1 debut.
When interviewed Ilott on what could have been his Formula 1 debut, he states, "Obviously it wasn't the most ideal session from everyone's point of view. Nevertheless, it's been a great experience to come here and prepare as a driver would in Formula 1. From that side I've learned a lot, it certainly hasn't been a wasted opportunity. I would have loved to have been able to go out and do some laps of course, but unfortunately the weather set against that. Hopefully I can get another opportunity before the end of the year, but if this is the only one then it's been an experience. I have to take away from it all the positives I can - even with what's happened, I'll be better prepared for another opportunity".
Here's to hoping there will be another Formula 1 stint in the future for the Ferrari young driver.