Carlos Sainz Jr. says his first test as a Ferrari F1 driver was a “day I’ll never forget” on a 2018 car on the Fiorano test track.
The 26-year-old will be the third Spanish F1 race driver in Scuderia, following Marquis Alfonso de Portago and Fernando Alonso, when the 2021 season begins in Bahrain at the end of March.
His 2021 teammate Charles Leclerc and WRC Legend’s father Carlos Sainz were watching him from the pits before Leclerc left for seat fitting in Scuderia’s vehicle assembly department. ..
Following Sainz’s winter move from McLaren, Ferrari planned to run two F1 podium finishers privately in one of the old cars to speed him up.
Pre-season testing was shortened to just three days in 2021, down from six days last year. One runout of Ferrari’s 2018 SF71H car was intended to help Sainz assimilate with the new race crew and get used to the team. system.
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“An unforgettable day!” Sainz said he had completed more than 100 laps at Fiorano. “This morning, we had a very early meeting before we got going, so the alarm went off at dawn.
“One of the most special moments for me today was when I arrived at the circuit and saw the 55th Ferrari. I wanted to dive into the car and the first installation lap was exciting.
“Then we got to work and are very happy with how the day unfolded. We were able to go through an extensive program of engineers and mechanics, steering wheels, cars we drove last season. Is obviously a slightly different procedure.
“It was great to have my dad there at a very important moment in my career, and to everyone at Mattia, Laurent and Ferrari, such a warm welcome and positive opening day in the 2018 car. I want to thank you. I was so happy that I couldn’t have hoped for a better start. “
Sainz will drive the car again before Thursday morning Handed over to Haas F1 who signed Mick Schumacher in the afternoon. Test driver Callum Ilott will complete the week-long program on Friday afternoon.
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