Ferrari has got their post-lockdown 2020 season preparations underway with a test at the Mugello Circuit in Italy.
The Scuderia outfit is the latest team to take part in a test day as they prepare for new restrictions that will be implemented this season amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
It marked the first time that Ferrari took to a race track since pre-season testing in Barcelona earlier this year.
Mercedes, Racing Point and Renault have all completed tests or shakedowns, with Racing Point the only team to use its 2020 car as part of a filming day.
All other teams, including Ferrari, used their 2018. Ferrari’s SF71H saw Vettel take five race wins two years ago while it also delivered Kimi Raikkonen his final victory to date.
The livery of the car had the addition of the #WeRaceAsOne message following the announcement of the initiative on Monday.
Vettel drove the car in the morning before his teammate Charles Leclerc, who is taking over driving duties in the afternoon.
“How great was that, getting back on track for real”, Leclerc opens up at his employer’s official channels. The young Monegask indicates that for him it felt like a kind of liberation to be able to get back to work on the track. “I’d missed it! Even though I’ve been pretty busy with virtual racing during this long break, I needed to once again get that physical impression of speed.”
Team mate Vettel was also present at the Italian circuit. The four-time world champion secretly hopes that Mugello will be on the calendar of the pinnacle of motorsport in 2020.
“I really think they deserve to organise a Grand Prix”, says the German. “I hadn’t driven it for eight years, so it took a few laps for me to get used to the track and then I really enjoyed myself.”
2020 will mark Vettel’s final season at Ferrari, as it was announced last month that the German would be leaving the Maranello-based squad at the end of the year.
LECLERC HAPPY AFTER F1 TEST AT MUGELLO – LECLERC HAPPY AFTER F1 TEST AT MUGELLO
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