Callum Ilott insists that his focus stays on breaking into Components 1 and that he isn’t been distracted by shifting into GT Racing and making his Le Mans debut this weekend.
The 22-year-old Ferrari Driver Academy prospect was runner-up within the 2020 Components 2 championship behind fellow FDA member Mick Schumacher. However whereas the German driver was promoted straight into F1 with Haas, there proved to be no room on this 12 months’s grid for Ilott.
As an alternative, the British driver has been named as check driver for each Ferrari and Alfa Romeo – and in addition official race reserve driver for the latter – whereas maintaining race-sharp with Iron Lynx in GT racing which to this point this season has yielded back-to-back fourth place finishes at Monza and Paul Ricard.
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“It’s expertise for both manner I am going,” he informed MotorsportWeek.com. forward of his first Le Mans outing within the GTE-Am class alongside co-drivers Matteo Cressoni and Rino Mastronardi.
“Clearly proper now I’m racing GTs, however my growth and focus continues to be with F1,” he insisted. “There may be nonetheless an opportunity and I’m nonetheless in that surroundings.
“Relying on the long run years, and clearly with the Hypercar program, it makes extra sense to have expertise in GTs and to have the ability to soar into the Hypercar if crucial, than to not have it.”
In actual fact, Ilott is aiming to maintain his choices open as large as potential for his future in motorsport.
“This 12 months it’s been very instructional and excellent to do one thing completely different,” he declared. “I’m in a little bit of a enjoyable scenario the place there’s just a few alternatives and some completely different routes to do.
“I may additionally go to America and do Indy if I needed,” he stated, including: “I might additionally not say no to F1 as nicely.
“I can’t complain actually within the place I’m,” he acknowledged. “I’m really having fun with it quite a bit, much more than I anticipated in the beginning of the 12 months.
“I’ve had the entire junior single-seaters surroundings, which is sort of irritating. Each weekend you’re preventing in your profession, in your life. [In GT] it’s like restarting and relearning and doing one thing completely different.
“With the efficiency and the velocity I’ve, I’ve a very good baseline. However there’s a number of little issues you want to study with the LMP2s, with the [race] administration and the whole lot. It’s a unique type of racing.
“It’s one thing I’ve to adapt to. Not that I haven’t skilled, however another way,” he famous. “So it’s significantly better for me to have this expertise, virtually in my thoughts a lower-pressure 12 months.
“Originally of the 12 months, from single-seaters you all the time have this factor of ‘possibly I can do GT racing later sooner or later’, but it surely’s good.
“If I used to be to stay to the GT route – the endurance route – I’ve this 12 months, I’ve subsequent 12 months, most likely if I used to be to try this with extra alternatives.
“Then if it involves it, we’ve the Hypercar the 12 months after, so I’ve that option to do.”
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