Sainz to drive a Ferrari for first time next week

Date published: January 23 2021

Carlos Sainz Ferrari seat fit

Ferrari have confirmed that a five-day test will take place in Fiorano next week, with Carlos Sainz driving on Wednesday and Thursday.

With there being just three days of official pre-season testing being held prior to the start of the 2021 season, many teams have stated their intent to run their own tests prior to them.

The Italian team have now confirmed that they’ll be doing so next week in Fiorano, with a number of drivers driving the 2018 challenger, the SF71H.

Among them is Sainz, who has yet to get a chance to drive for his new team after the FIA didn’t allow him to take part in the 2020 post-season test in Abu Dhabi.

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“The start of the Formula 1 season is not far off and Scuderia Ferrari is firing up the engines for five days of testing at the Fiorano track, involving seven of the Maranello marque’s drivers. They include race drivers, Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc who make up the team’s youngest pairing since 1968,” a statement of the team’s official website says.

“The Spaniard will be at the wheel of a Ferrari for the very first time on Wednesday 27 and the morning of Thursday. As previously confirmed, the car in question will be a 2018 SF71H, the same car used in the past two tests at the company’s home tracks.

“This week’s test is an opportunity for Sainz to get to grips with team procedures and to get to know the engineering crew he will work with this season.”

Before Sainz and Leclerc get in the car, Giuliano Alesi, Marcus Armstrong and Robert Schwartzman will drive it on the first day of the test.

The last two to do so meanwhile will be Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott. The German, who is driving for Haas in 2021, will be on track on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning before Ilott, the team’s new reserve driver takes over for the rest of the final day.

“Apart from being helpful for all the drivers, the test is also an opportunity for the team itself to prepare for the one and only pre-season test in Bahrain from 12 to 14 March,” Ferrari added.

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