Raffaele Marciello on track at Alcaniz in a Formula Renault 3.5

While waiting to finalise plans for his 2012 season, Ferrari Driver Academy driver Raffaele Marciello is making the most of any opportunities in autumn testing to add to his technical understanding. Thanks to the Comtec team, Raffaele was on track today with the Formula Renault 3.5 Dallara at the Spanish Alcaniz circuit, putting in some good lap times without making any mistakes.

In the half day available to him, Marciello completed 41 laps, setting a strong fourth best time at the end of the morning session in 1.44.288. Raffaele was pleased with his performance. “It was a very positive session,” he said at the end of the busy session. “It’s the first time I’ve tried a Renault 3.5 and I had never driven at this track before. On top of that, the track was wet at first, ending in sunny weather.
I did the first few laps on rain tyres and immediately got a good feel for the car. I was impressed by the aerodynamic downforce, which is much higher than the single seaters I’ve driven before. The lap times were immediately encouraging and in the wet I was always among the quickest. Then the track began to dry out, so we adapted the set-up and fitted dry tyres. In these conditions, my best lap was also very good, especially given there was a lot of traffic when I did my fastest lap.

With the Alcaniz test over, Marciello must now make plans for his 2012 race season. “It will be a decision taken along with the FDA group that works with me,” explained Raffaele. “Given that I’m not yet 17, there’s no sense in rushing things and I think the most logical decision would be to go for the Formula 3 Euro Series. It’s a great opportunity to see how I fare in an International series, making the most of all the experience I gained in Formula 3 this year in the Italian championship.

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