Charles Leclerc is the first driver to officially test a Formula 1 car this year, putting in the laps during a Pirelli tyre test.
The Ferrari driver took to the Jerez circuit over the weekend, running Pirelli’s 18-inch tyres ahead of their 2021 debut.
This year Pirelli have been handed 25 days of testing that is 100 per cent dedicated to their 18-inch tyres.
Ahhh, it's so good to be back in the car. 1st test day of 2020 done 🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/N41egYxVsK
— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) February 8, 2020
Running a modified SF90, last year’s Ferrari, the Monégasque driver covered 130 laps of the Spanish track.
Job done @circuitodejerez! @ScuderiaFerrari driver @Charles_Leclerc has just concluded his first-ever test of the new @F1 Pirelli #Fit4F1 18-inch tyres for 2021 with a total of 130 laps! Well done, Charles! pic.twitter.com/ejQQINsrUS
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) February 8, 2020
The test took place behind closed doors without any pictures of the modified Ferrari being released.
Ferrari will continue the Pirelli tests at the Fiorano circuit in March.
Pirelli released the full test schedule on social media.
Now that #Fit4F1 18-inch testing is done @circuitodejerez, here’s the schedule for our private #F1testing with all the teams for the rest of 2020, using mule cars with 18-inch 2021 prototype tyres @F1 pic.twitter.com/xFLh7zejtm
— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) February 9, 2020