A large part of the money that big teams like Ferrari pay to their Formula One drivers is for their off-track duties. Some of these duties are tedious, like turning up at publicity events, and some are totally awesome, like testing the firm’s new hypercar and giving feedback to the engineers.
Here’s Fernando Alonso doing one of his more interesting off-track jobs, testing the new LaFerrari hypercar:
In this video you see the F1 champ taking command of the LaFerrari’s square steering wheel and taking it for a spin around the Fiorano – Ferrari’s private test track. He doesn’t seem to push the car very hard, but you get an idea what 963 horsepower coming from a V12-Hybrid powertrain sounds like. Well, from the outside it sounds like a WWII fighter, and from the inside, like a proper F1 car. You also get a good look at the interior of LaFerrari.
The next video we have for you here shows Sebastian Loeb testing his new ride, the Citroen C-Elysee WTCC. Starting from next year, Seb will be racing this car in the World Touring Car Championship, and will probably add a couple of touring car titles to his vast collection of trophies. Citroen does not have its own private track, but what they have in France is the magnificent Paul Ricard circuit.