Mick Schumacher knows a thing or two about driving a car at its limits and was recently given the opportunity to test out the Ferrari F8 Tributo at the Fiorano circuit.
The son of seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher is a member of the Ferrari Driving Academy and recently completed his first season racing in Formula 2, finishing 12th in the driver’s championship. He may have expected to enjoy a more fruitful season, but five retirements hampered his effort, although he did prove his potential by winning one race.
It’s hardly surprising that Schumacher is a big fan of the F8 Tributo, praising it for its handling characteristics and even comparing its balance to some of the formula cars he has raced in recent years. He’s far from the only person to praise Ferrari’s latest mid-engined sports car, as a number of journalists have also said it’s fantastic to drive.
Powering the F8 Tributo is a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 delivering 710 HP and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) of torque from just 3250 rpm. Ferrari says it hits 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.9 seconds, 124 mph (200 km/h) in 7.8 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 340 km/h (211 mph).
The F8 Tributo is no slouch around Fiorano having previously lapped the circuit in just 1:22.50, making it half a second faster than its predecessor, the 488 GTB, and only a tenth of a second slower than the F12 Berlinetta. Ferrari’s fastest road-legal car around the circuit is the SF90 Stradale, with a time of 1:19.00.