Seven drivers at Fiorano from Monday: the Scuderia is back on track
The start of the new Formula 1 season is approaching and Scuderia Ferrari is restarting the engines for five days of testing on the Fiorano track which will see seven drivers from the Maranello company, including the line-up. youngest since 1968: Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc.
First laps. For the Spaniard, who will be in the cockpit on Wednesday 27 and in the morning of the following day, it will be his absolute debut at the wheel of a Ferrari. The car will be, as already announced for some time, a 2018 SF71H, the same car already used by the Scuderia in the last tests on the two home tracks: at Mugello on 22 and 23 June 2020 – when to drive in preparation for the restart of the championship after the lockdown were Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel – and on 30 September, when the test of the # RoadToF1 project was staged on the track at Fiorano and the three Ferrari Driver Academy drivers Robert Shwartzman, Callum Ilott and Mick Schumacher took turns behind the wheel .
Charles after 44 days. To precede Sainz, on Tuesday 26th, will be Charles Leclerc who will get back to driving 44 days before the last Grand Prix of last season, held on 13 December at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Monday for three. The test will be opened by three drivers from the Ferrari Driver Academy. The first to get on the SF71H will be Giuliano Alesi who will make his debut in a Formula 1 car a little more than 30 years after his father Jean – it was November 28, 1990 – made his first laps in Fiorano with the F1-90. The test of the young Frenchman will be followed by another absolute debut on a single-seater of the highest category, that of Marcus Armstrong. The New Zealander, who was announced to the DAMS team for the 2021 Formula 2 championship just yesterday, will become the second driver in his nation to drive a Formula 1 Ferrari after Chris Amon, who raced with the Scuderia from 1967 to 1969.
Inseparable duo. The last couple to get on the SF71H will be that formed by Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott, the two FDA Formula 1 drivers who last season fought until the final race for the Formula 2 championship. The German, owner of Haas F1 Team, will be the first to step into the cockpit, on the afternoon of Thursday 28th and in the morning of the following day. There will be an opportunity for him to further refine his preparation in view of his first season in the top category. Callum, Scuderia Ferrari test driver, who will drive the car on Friday afternoon will close the five days of testing at Fiorano. The test, as well as being useful for all the drivers involved, will also offer the team an opportunity to prepare for the only pre-season test session,