Charles Leclerc has been racking up some important miles to increase his time behind the wheel of a Ferrari as he tested the SF71H from 2018 at Fiorano.
Leclerc was able to get mileage in on a day when Ferrari driver academy pair Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman were both also put through their paces at Ferrari’s test track, with the two youngsters running around 65 laps each in the 2018 Ferrari.
The Monegasque driver completed as much run time as both young drivers combined though, logging well over 100 laps of the Fiorano circuit and gaining excellent preparation for next weekend’s Made in Italy and Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola.
Testing day for @Charles_Leclerc ✅
Almost 400 kms completed 🔢
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) April 9, 2021
This is not the only past Ferrari car Leclerc has been able to see this week, with a special delivery arriving with the Monegasque driver on Friday.
Having teased the arrival on his Instagram story, Leclerc revealed that his 2019 race-winning SF90 was gifted to him by Ferrari, having earned his first two Formula 1 race victories back-to-back in 2019 at Spa and in front of the adoring Tifosi at Monza.
Leclerc spoke about the pressure and elation after winning at Monza in particular, telling Autosport: “It’s very difficult to find the words to describe what I felt during this race.
“I had a lot of pressure – the whole team had a lot of pressure – because obviously we were in Italy, Ferrari is huge in Italy and everyone wanted us to win, so there was big pressure around the whole team.
“So the pressure was building up. Then doing the pole was something special already, but then I had to focus on the race and in the race I had no space to breathe. I had Lewis all the race at less than two seconds, I think, so a lot of pressure.
“And then to be on the podium, to finally have won the race, and to see the red army under the podium was something extremely special.
“It gave me chills and made me realise what it’s like to be a Ferrari driver, which of course I realised a little bit before, but I think you really realise it once you win at Monza and see the passion [that] you can really see in the eyes of the people – the passion they have for the brand.
“It’s unbelievable to see.”