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Charles Leclerc, Mick Schumacher among 7 drivers to undergo Ferrari’s driver test next week

Charles Leclerc and Mick Schumacher are two of the seven drivers Ferrari has selected for their upcoming driver test which is scheduled to take place at Fiorano next week.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc, along with the 2020 Formula 2 Championship winner and son of the legendary Michael Schumacher, Mick, will join the likes of Carlos Sainz Jr, Robert Shwartzman, Marcus Armstrong, Giuliano Alesi, and Callum Ilott for a total of five days of practice.

The seven drivers will get behind the wheels of a 2018-spec Ferrari SF71H, as using any F1 car that has been featured in the last two seasons is prohibited.

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Charles Leclerc to join Mick Schumacher and Carlos Sainz Jr as well as rest of Ferrari Driver Academy next week at Fiorano

Charles Leclerc, Mick Schumacher among 7 drivers to undergo Ferrari's driver test next week - THE SPORTS ROOM
The Ferrari SF71H, driven by Sebastian Vettel, at the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix will be used for testing. (Image Courtesy: Lukas Raich/Wikimedia)

Carlos Sainz Jr, who just switched teams from Mclaren ahead of the 2021 season, will drive the car for one and half days to get familiarised with Ferrari’s systems and to increase chemistry with his new race crew and engineering team.

The 26-year-old Spaniard, who finished sixth in the 2020 F1 season, is already involved with his new team at the Maranello factory. Sainz has also taken part in completing some runs in its simulator

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The whole of Wednesday and Thursday morning has been booked for Sainz, while his teammate Charles Leclerc will drive the SF71H on Tuesday, making a return to the track since he tested positive for COVID-19.

The rest of the drivers, who all belong to the Ferrari Driver Academy, will have their timings split throughout the rest of the slated days.

Coming off of the F2 championship last year, Robert Shwartzman, Marcus Armstrong, and Giuliano Alesi are all scheduled for Monday. While Shwartzman has driven for Ferrari in Abu Dhabi, it will be the first F1 experience for both Armstrong and Alesi.

F2 champion Mick Schumacher, who has joined the Haas F1 Team, will take the keys of the SF71H from Sainz on Thursday afternoon and will drive until Friday morning until Ferrari test driver Callum Ilott drives it for the rest of the final day.

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