Ferrari complete nearly 1,000 miles in five-day Fiorano test

Ferrari complete nearly 1,000 miles in five-day Fiorano test”

At 9.30 the shutters rolled up on the pit garage at the Fiorano track and a minute later Carlos Sainz was out for his first lap at the wheel of a Ferrari Formula 1 vehicle. Vettel was also prevented for testing for his new team, Racing Point, ahead of its rebrand to Aston Martin this year.

"The SF71H is a vehicle from 2018, but its behaviour on the track and the feelings that it gives to the driver are very similar, both in terms of how it behaves on the track and physical stress to a current auto".

Before him, Fernando Alonso raced for five seasons for the Maranello squad, taking part in 96 Grands Prix, winning 11 and long before that, the Marquis Alfonso de Portago raced in five Global Positioning System for Ferrari, his best result being a second place in the 1956 British Grand Prix.

Adorned with Sainz's #55 race number, the Scuderia's prancing horse flashed past a "Vamos Carlos!" banner as its driver took to the track, a moment witnessed by an emotional Carlos Sainz Sr.

Ilott, who finished runner-up to Schumacher in last year's Formula 2 championship, will occupy the role of Ferrari's test driver this season and is not set to have a full race programme.

MARCA have learned that Sainz performed impressively and similarly to how Leclerc had before him, although the times in which they completed their laps remain a Ferrari secret.

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Official pre-season testing is limited to three days in Bahrain in March but teams can do private running in cars that are more than two years old.

"A day I will never forget!" he enthused at the end of his first day of work.

Ferrari also released a short clip of Sainz in action at Fiorano.

Fellow Ferrari junior Callum Illot will round out the five-day test on Friday, which has already featured Giuliano Alesi, Robert Shwartzman, Marcus Armstrong and Charles Leclerc.

New signing Carlos Sainz then made his Ferrari debut on Wednesday and turned in over 150 laps on his first appearance with the team during his day and a half stint, before handing over to Schumacher on Thursday afternoon.

"I am very happy and could not have wished for a better start".

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