It snowed in Maranello and the Fiorano track was coloured in white. The weather conditions improved in the evening, so the “training test” which has been scheduled by Ferrari starting tomorrow should begin as planned, without issues except for possible rain or the formation of ice.
In fact, the Scuderia has prepared three days of training for its drivers with the SF-21 (the previous car dated 2021): despite what one might think, however, it will not be one of the two main drivers who will inaugurate the session, but Robert Schwartzman.
The Israeli-Russian driver, who has been confirmed this year as a tester driver and third driver at the GPs when Antonio Giovinazzi will not be available, was not called first to allow Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz the opportunity to perhaps run on a dry asphalt because the work plan approved in Maranello initially envisaged that it was the young 23-year-old who would start the test, followed by the two main drivers: the order is still to be decided, although the two are available and are also working on the simulator to understand as much as possible about the 675 challenger.
Each of the three drivers will have a full day’s work available: initially Antonio Giovinazzi was also supposed to be part of this group, but the Italian has dropped this testing session with the SF-21 because he is busy in Sebring for a couple of days of testing with the 499P.
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Antonio will drive the Hypercar which will make its debut in the WEC right on the American track on March 17, so the preparation for the first outing in the Endurance world championship had the right priority over training with the SF21. If Antonio Giovinazzi had been available he would have shared the day with Robert Shwartzman.
Ferrari takes advantage of the home track to get the drivers back in confidence with all the procedures that need to be memorized, repeating last year’s session. The difficulty will be to bring the tires up to temperature (those foreseen for these appointments which are the demos used in the filming days) given the outside temperatures close to zero.