Ferrari SF-23 and F1-75 in the spotlight at the Barcelona circuit
Scuderia Ferrari has reinforced its ranks concerning the reserve drivers ready to step in if the main drivers, Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, were to be unavailable for one or more race weekends in the 2024 Formula 1 campaign.
Oliver Bearman, expected to be a prominent figure in F2 after an excellent debut in 2023 (his teammate in Prema will be the Italian prospect Andrea Kimi Antonelli), will be the reserve driver along with Antonio Giovinazzi and Robert Shwartzman, who are Ferrari drivers in the WEC, a championship that has five overlaps with F1 in its 8 events. Arthur Leclerc, on the other hand, will be the development driver alongside Antonio Fuoco and Davide Rigon.
In the official statement through which the Maranello Scuderia announced these updates, there is also the announcement that next week Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz will be on the track in Barcelona with the SF-23 and the F1-75 for a test session dedicated to Pirelli. “Oliver and Arthur will have the opportunity to get into the car and start racking up kilometers as Scuderia drivers already next week,” the statement reads. “The team will be involved for three days at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for a testing session in collaboration with Pirelli. On the 29th and 30th, the main drivers, Charles and Carlos, will be available to the sole tire supplier for some tests behind the wheel of the SF23 from last year. On the 29th, alongside them on the F1-75 from 2022, will be Arthur Leclerc, making his debut on a Formula 1 car, while on the 31st, driving alone on the same single-seater, will be Oliver Bearman. On Tuesday the 30th, Leclerc and Sainz will take turns between the SF23 and the F1-75.” – informs the statement published by the Maranello team’s oficial website on Saturday.