Ferrari joins the list of teams testing

Michelle Foster

Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc will take to the track later this month as Ferrari join the list of teams testing ahead of the new season.

The Formula 1 drivers last drove their 2020 F1 cars back in February, testing at the Circuit de Catalunya before taking a two-week break before heading to Melbourne.

However, instead of racing, they promptly flew home when the season-opening Australian GP was called off following a positive test for a McLaren team member.

At home is where they have been ever since, waiting for a new start date to be announced.

That finally came earlier this week with confirmation that the 2020 season will begin in Austria on 5 July.

By then it will have been four months since the drivers last drove a F1 car.

Formula 1, though, is not putting on another pre-season test, instead leaving it up to the teams to make their own plans if any to give their drivers track time.

Mercedes has already announced that Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas will each spend a day in a 2018 W09, running at the Silverstone circuit ‘as the team practises protocols’.

Ferrari is the latest to put on a test for its drivers with revealing that the Scuderia will conduct a private outing in the coming weeks, although the date and location has yet to be announced.

Both Vettel and Leclerc will be given a run in an old Ferrari.

Under F1 regulations, no teams may use their 2020 cars for the tests.

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