Final yr’s F2 runner-up Ilott was introduced as Alfa Romeo’s second reserve driver earlier this week forward of his grand prix weekend debut in opening observe for the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Taking up from Antonio Giovinazzi, Ferrari teen Ilott accomplished 21 laps and completed the session 17th total, lapping four-tenths of a second off Kimi Raikkonen within the sister C41 automotive.
An onboard video of Ilott’s quickest lap from FP1 confirmed his helmet bobbing round on the finish of the straights.
Reigning F3 champion Oscar Piastri tweeted Ilott asking “what’s happening together with your head on the straights there chief?”, to which Ilott replied: “Only a tad windy mate.”
Ilott defined after the session that the helmet buffeting did show to be a bit uncomfortable at occasions, and put it right down to his positioning within the automotive.
“It was just a little bit on the wobbly aspect, it jogged my memory of the Churchill’s bulldog!” Ilott mentioned.
“I feel it’s fairly laborious to get the stability, and the helmet is used loads to redirect the air, and possibly with the place of me, it’s a bit completely different to Antonio.
“It was solely actually at high velocity the place it was doing it. It was a bit uncomfortable, however we’ll make some modifications for subsequent time possibly.”
Callum Ilott, Alfa Romeo Racing C41
Photograph by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images
Reflecting on his session, Ilott mentioned that the low grip circumstances “caught us out just a little bit” within the early a part of the session, however he was in a position to stand up to hurry and felt pleased with how his programme went.
“As soon as I used to be on top of things a bit with the tyres and getting used to it, I feel I completed the run on the hards one-tenth off of Kimi, which was not dangerous on the time,” Ilott mentioned.
“Then we went to the softs, and I utterly obtained caught out to start with by how a lot grip and in addition getting the tyres in. So yeah, I struggled a bit then. However then we got here in, rebalanced, and I feel with the tyre mileage I had, I didn’t do a foul time.
“General I used to be constructing the consistency, and was very pleased with the session. I obtained by way of all of the run plan that we would have liked to, and found the constraints that we had as a group and as a driver as properly.
“So total, tons realized from my aspect, I feel tons realized from the group. So yeah, massive due to Alfa Romeo for giving me the chance.”
Requested if there will probably be future alternatives to drive in F1 observe this yr, Ilott mentioned: “I don’t know, it’s as much as them.
“Hopefully quickly, however I feel we’ll have to debate a bit extra and see what occurs. It was good to get in early within the yr, and hopefully there’ll be alternatives sooner or later.”