Ferrari to run 2018 car at Mugello

Jon Wilde
Ferrari are to test their 2018 car at Mugello

Ferrari are to test their 2018 car at Mugello

Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel will limber up for the start of the new Formula 1 season by driving a 2018 Ferrari at Mugello in Italy on Tuesday.

The test session serves as practice behind the wheel for the two World Championship hopefuls ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on July 5.

There could also be another valuable purpose to the mission as Mugello has been strongly linked as a potential addition to this year’s re-arranged F1 calendar. It gives the Ferrari duo the chance to increase their familiarity with the circuit north east of Florence.

The original reported venue for the old-car test was Fiorano but, according to Autosport, it was switched partly because Mugello’s elevation changes and characteristics are more aligned to the nature of the Red Bull Ring.

This will not only aid in getting the drivers back up to speed, but also in helping them re-adjust to the physical demands of Formula 1 on a high-speed track as opposed to the tight twists of Fiorano.

Leclerc has this week driven Ferrari’s 2020 challenger, but only on a demonstration run through the streets of Maranello with the car idle since the intended season-opening race in Australia was cancelled in March due to the escalating global health pandemic.

Racing Point have been the only team to properly test a 2020 car ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix, running at Silverstone on a permitted filming day earlier this week. Mercedes and Renault have both used 2018 machinery for their tests.

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