Charles Leclerc drove the first kilometers in a Formula 1 car this season in a 2018 Ferrari SF71 in a five-day test at Fiorano after recently overcoming COVID-19 while Carlos Sainz will have his first appearance for Ferrari tomorrow.

At 9.30 on the dot this morning, Charles Leclerc drove out of the pits at Fiorano for an installation lap in the 2018 SF71H, thus getting Scuderia Ferrari’s 2021 season properly underway.

Starts and mileage. The Monegasque was back at the wheel 44 days on from the final Grand Prix of 2020, held on 13 December in Abu Dhabi. Today, he was able to get down to work again with the team, reacquainting himself with procedures and driving a Formula 1 car for over 100 laps. On Charles’ programme were practice starts and work aimed at the new championship and pre-season testing which takes place in mid-March.

Carlos tomorrow. On hand to observe everything was Charles team-mate Carlos Sainz, who will take over at the wheel tomorrow. It will be the Spaniard’s very first time in a Ferrari Formula 1 car. Sainz will also be on track on Thursday morning, while in the afternoon, it will be the turn of Ferrari Driver Academy’s Mick Schumacher who is racing for Haas F1 Team this year. The German will also drive on Friday morning, after which Scuderia test driver Callum Ilott will take over for the afternoon.

2021 Fiorano F1 test Charles Leclerc SF71H F1 2018 test 26 January 2021 Photo Ferrari

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