Ferrari trio – Shwartzman, Sainz and Leclerc – complete first F1 test of 2023 season driving the SF21 at Fiorano.

Robert Shwartzman:

This morning shortly after 10 o’clock, Robert Shwartzman drove out of the Fiorano pit garage at the wheel of an SF21, the car raced two seasons ago, thus kicking off Scuderia Ferrari’s track activity for this year. The end of January “wake-up” test has been a regular feature for the team over the past few years, proving useful for drivers, mechanics and engineers to get back into the swing of things on track.

77 laps.  Shwartzman, who this year shares the role of development and reserve driver with Antonio Giovinazzi, completed only a few laps in the morning, as the track was far from being at its best in the wet and extremely cold conditions. By lunchtime, he had completed 35 laps on rain tyres. In the afternoon another short spell of rain slowed the programme again, but Robert still managed to do a further 52 laps, also on rain tyres for his final run, making a total of 77 laps for the day, equal to 259 kilometres.

For much of the day, three Ferrari Driver Academy students, the girls Maya Weug and newcomer Aurelia Nobels, as well as Arthur Leclerc, were in the garage seeing how the a Formula 1 teams operates. The other students, with the exception of Oliver Bearman, were on their way to Kuwait to take part in the second rounds of the Formula 4 UAE and Formula Regional Middle East championships.

Carlos Sainz:

Just two days short of the second anniversary of his debut at the wheel of a Ferrari, Carlos Sainz was on track for the second day of the “wake-up” test run by the Scuderia at Fiorano. He reacquainted himself with his first Maranello F1 car, the SF21, which he was particularly keen on, heading out on to a wet track with rain tyres at 10.08.

119 laps.  Carlos covered 26 laps in the morning, when once again conditions were far from ideal because of the cold and damp. As the day began to dry out, he tried slicks but was soon back on the Wets because of a lack of grip, It rained again in the afternoon at Fiorano, so the team decided not to take any unnecessary risks, sending Carlos out on Wets once again. He was eventually able to run slicks, doing 93 laps making a total of 119 for the day, equivalent to 354 kilometres. Once again today, Ferrari Driver Academy students Maya Weug and Arthur Leclerc were observing from the garage.

Charles Leclerc:

Yet again, it was very cold, but finally, bright sunshine put in an appearance for the last day of this “wake-up” test for Scuderia Ferrari at Fiorano running an SF21 car. It was Charles Leclerc’s turn to get behind the wheel and, as on the first two days, his brother and Ferrari Driver Academy student Arthur watched proceedings from the pit garage.

123 laps. The Monegasque took to the track at 10 o’clock on the dot for an installation lap on rain tyres, before switching to slicks. With much better track conditions than on the previous days, Charles was able to complete the 56 lap programme prior to the lunch break under the watchful eye of Team Principal Frederic Vasseur and Carlos Sainz. In the afternoon, still on slicks, Leclerc brought the day’s total number of laps to 123, equivalent to 366 kilometres.

Here’s Charles Leclerc on his extreme training

Here’s Ferrari about its reserve pool

Here’s list of its junior drivers

Here’s Carlos Sainz on Frederic Vasseur

Here’s Ferrari counting on Carlos Sainz

Here’s Mattia Binotto on Sebastian Vettel

Here’s Carlos Sainz having clear target for 2023