Waiting for the start of the Made in Italy and Emilia-Romagna GP tomorrow, the Ferrari fans were excited at the sight of Charles Leclerc aboard a special single-seater. The driver of the moment surprised everyone at Fiorano, partly to have fun and partly to animate the fans waiting for the Imola GP, driving the last pre-Schumacher world championship car, driven by the latter, by history and also by the sound of a Ferrari that made history.
Charles Leclerc among the Fiorano curbs aboard the Ferrari of Villeneuve
Well yes, this is the story: Charles Leclerc inflamed and prepared the fans for the Made in Italy and Emilia-Romagna GP at the helm of the Ferrari by Gilles Villeneuve. In recent days the limelight has all been for the Monegasque Prancing Horse, who after having brought Ferrari back to success after more than two years of fasting in Formula 1, has risen even more to the headlines, enjoying a renewed affection of enthusiasts. In short, the trouble of the theft of the precious Richard Mille watch in Viareggio, stolen from him on Easter Monday. Time to look ahead and tame the curbs, this time aboard a car not his own, from another era, of a completely different fabric.
In the days leading up to the Imola GP, Charles Leclerc in fact enjoyed himself on the Fiorano track by riding the Ferrari 312 T4, the racing car of another Casa Maranello idol, the late Gilles Villeneuve, precisely. The short video that captured the scene soon went viral on social media, where the unmistakable 12-cylinder symphony of the Prancing Horse stands out. In fact, it is the last world champion before Michael Schumacher’s successes, a single-seater that exalted the fans at the end of the 70s also with Jody Scheckter, Villeneuve’s teammate who brought that Ferrari 312 T4 to world success in 1979.
The Ferrari 312 T4 by Gilles Villeneuve driven by Leclerc
The last world champion before Michael Schumacher, we defined it as the Ferrari 312 T4 with which Charles Leclerc had fun on the curbs of the Fiorano track on that occasion. A Formula 1 single-seater built in 5 units, unattractive, yes, but among the most successful without a doubt, that behind the squat and somewhat angular shapes hides a 12-cylinder with 180 ° angle between the banks that knew (and still knows) how to satisfy the ears of fans with a sound that is nothing short of engaging, definitely different from that of the latest Ferraris (here for the complete list).
How exciting it was for the fans to see again that creature created by the skilled hands of Mauro Forghieri, tamed by Gilles Villeneuve and Jody Schekter, and today led by Charles Leclerc. For the latter, returning aboard the new and current Ferrari F1-75 after such an experience will undoubtedly be a particular emotion. We hope it was only a good omen for the imminent Imola GP tomorrow.
Source: Virgilio Motori by motori.virgilio.it.
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