Ferrari will return to the track on Tuesday to conduct a private test run at Mugello to get Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel up to speed ahead of the 2020 Formula 1 season.

Leclerc and Vettel will drive Ferrari’s 2018-spec SF71H at Mugello in what will mark their first appearance in F1 machinery since Barcelona pre-season testing concluded at the end of February.

F1 teams are stepping up their preparations before the delayed 2020 campaign gets underway in two weeks’ time with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on July 5.

A number of teams have conducted similar test outings in recent weeks, with reigning world champions Mercedes the first to return to the track with a two-day run at Silverstone with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in its 2018 title-winning W09.

Renault also carried out a test at the Red Bull Ring with two-year-old F1 machinery last week as Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon got back on track, while Racing Point became the first team to run its 2020 car since the COVID-19 outbreak as Lance Stroll shook down its RP20 challenger in a filming day at Silverstone.

Leclerc drove Ferrari’s 2020 car around the streets of Maranello last week as part of a demonstration run ahead of its anticipated pre-Austria test.

Ferrari was expected to conduct its preparation run at its Fiorano test track but it will instead take place at Mugello.

The Italian venue is understood to be a in contention to stage a round of the 2020 world championship in the event of more flyaway races being cancelled.

Due to running its 2018 car, Ferrari’s drivers will be allowed to complete unlimited mileage.



Loading Comments...