The other day we wrote that next week Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclair will take part in the 2018 car tests that Ferrari is organizing for them at its factory test track in Fiorano.
Today, the press service of Scuderia officially confirmed this, also calling the dates of the tests – they will last all five working days, while their program is much more dense and extensive.
Carlos will pilot the Italian team’s car for the first time on Wednesday 27 January and will continue to work the next morning. It will be the same SF71H that Leclair and Sebastian Vettel had in their June tests in Mugello last year, and Ferrari Racing Academy (FDA) students Robert Schwartzman, Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott piloted it in September in Fiorano.
Charles Leclair will return to the cockpit on Tuesday 26 January after the winter break, recovering from his recent coronavirus infection.
On Monday, 25th, Giuliano Alesi will sit behind the wheel of the same car, who will have his first acquaintance with Formula 1 technology. According to Maranello, this will happen 30 years after his father, Jean Alesi, first piloted a Ferrari F1 car -90.
After Alesi Jr., Marcus Armstrong will occupy the SF71H cockpit – in 2021 he will remain in Formula 2, but will transfer to the DAMS team. He will be the first New Zealander to drive an F1-class Ferrari since Chris Amon, who played for the Scuderia from 1967 to 1969.
Then it will be Robert Schwartzman, who also took part in the youth tests in Abu Dhabi in December, where he first piloted the SF1000, last year’s Ferrari car, to work on the track.
But next week, two more FDA listeners, Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott, will have time to train behind the wheel of the SF71H. The son of the seven-time world champion will have to work at the wheel of this car on Thursday afternoon (after Sainz), as well as on Friday morning, January 29th. Then he will be replaced by Ilott, who this year got a job as a test driver for Ferrari.
A total of seven riders will participate in the tests in Fiorano. One of the tasks for the Italian team next week is preparing for the pre-season tests in Bahrain, scheduled for mid-March.
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