Ferrari will conduct a ‘filming day’ between this weekend’s British Grand Prix and next weekend’s 70th Anniversary GP, both of which will take place at the Silverstone circuit.
It’s expected Ferrari will conduct the filming day on Wednesday, just two days before they will hit the track again for the second round in Britain.
The Italian outfit has struggled with its SF1000 which has been underperforming compared to its rivals, dropping Ferrari well into the midfield pack with a sole podium in three races.
A dreadful opening race in Austria saw it fast-track an upgrade package originally planned for Hungary, though that failed to deliver any substantial gains.
However it’s believed Ferrari didn’t introduce the entire package as it sought answers for other issues, and this weekend’s double-header provides the Maranello squad with the ideal opportunity to run a back-to-back test.
Ferrari can collect data during the British GP before using the filming day to run further upgrades, giving them the ability to assess them under the same circumstances, providing accurate data of how they are performing, before deciding if they are heading in the right direction for the anniversary race.
Although filming days are allowed for the purpose of collecting footage for media and promotional purposes, teams often use them for other reasons, most notably as ‘shakedowns’ for new cars.
Teams are permitted two per season and are limited to just 100km of running with, that must be conducted on demonstration tyres supplied by Pirelli.