Carlos Sainz will sit behind the wheel of Ferrari's F1 car for the first time next week, and Ferrari has prepared a five-day plan on the Fioran, which will feature as many as seven drivers, including Charles Leclerc. The start of the new F1 season in 2021 is not far off, and the Scuderia Ferrari begins testing on its Fiorano track on Monday where seven drivers will drive the 2018 SF71H as rules forbid the use of the last two generations of F1 cars.
Leclerc and Sainz will be Ferrari’s youngest F1 driver lineup since 1968 this year, and the Spaniard will drive a Ferrari F1 car for the first time on Wednesday and once again on Thursday morning. It is a Ferrari F1 car SF71H with which they competed in 2018 and achieved the best results in the hybrid era, and they also used it for two tests in 2020 - June 22 and 23.
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Who will test the cars?
Leclerc will test at the Fioran on Tuesday, the day before Sainz, which will be his return to the car after 44 days, ie after the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi.
The test will be opened by young drivers of the Ferrari Driving Academy, and the first to start will be Guiliano Alesi, which will be his first F1 appearance, 30 years after his father Jean Alesi first drove an F1-90 on a Fioran.
Second in line will be Marcus Armstrong, and it will be his first appearance in an F1 car after it was confirmed yesterday that he will drive in Formula 2 in 2021 for the DAMS team. He will become only the second New Zealander behind the wheel of a Ferrari F1 car after Chris Amon who raced for Ferrari from 1967 to 1969.
The last driver to perform on Monday will be Robert Shwartzman who last drove this car on Sept. 30, 42 days after driving the SF1000 after the last F1 race of the season in Abu Dhabi on a test of young drivers. The last two drivers to get a chance in the Ferrari SF71H will be Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott who fought for the Formula 2 title in 2020.
Schumacher, who will drive for the Haas F1 team in 2021, will perform on Thursday and Friday mornings. Ilott will conclude a five-day test on the Fioran on Friday afternoon. Pre-season tests will be held on 12, 13, and 14.3. in Bahrain, and the first F1 weekend is scheduled for March 26-28. on the same track.