As work continues on its 2022 challenger, which is codenamed 674 and will launch on February 17, the Maranello team wants to ensure its drivers and team staff are back on pace. after the winter break.
It has therefore scheduled a four-day race with last year’s SF21 at its Maranello test site for regular riders Carlos Sainz Jr and Charles Leclerc, as well as Robert Shwartzman, who is its official test driver.
Shwartzman, who competed in the Abu Dhabi post-season tire test last year, will start the test on Tuesday before racing again on Friday. Leclerc will test on Wednesday, with Sainz getting an out on Thursday.
As well as being an opportunity for the drivers to get up to speed with F1 cars, Ferrari mechanics and engineers will also be on hand to best prepare for the challenges ahead.
Ferrari finished third in the 2021 Constructors’ Championship and will hope to further close the gap to Mercedes and Red Bull this year.
Charles Leclerc tests Ferrari at Fiorano in 2021
Photo by: Federico Basile / Motorsport Images
As all teams prepare their cars for the new era of F1 rules, Ferrari boss Mattia Binotto has hinted at radical solutions for his team’s new challenger.
“If I look at the 2022 car and the 2022 power unit, believe me, there’s a lot of innovation in it,” he explained last year.
“I think the way the whole engineering team dealt with the new design, the new project and the 2022 regulations, which was a big discontinuity, was certainly with a more open mind than before.
“I can measure that myself by looking at the car itself, the way it’s progressing, and certainly with the amount of innovation we put into it.”
Ferrari is set to run its 2022 F1 car for the first time during a filming day in Barcelona, Spain on February 22, the day before official pre-season testing begins for all teams.