Laurent Mekies, french engineer and Ferrari sporting director since 2018, spoke about the five days of testing that the Maranello team carried out at the Fiorano circuit.
Leclerc was back on track in the flaming red suit after last year's unlucky season, while for Carlos it was the first time behind the wheel of the prancing horse.
The young drivers who grew up in the Ferrari Driver Aademy also had their moment of glory on track, fulfilling the lifelong dream of driving for the red team at least once in their lives. Mick Schumacher, Marcus Armstrong, Callum Ilott, Robert Shwartzman and Giuliano Alesi did really good.
"Seven drivers on track, in five days, for a total of more than 1500 km covered, a very intense week for the whole team" Meikes reported to the microphones.
There is no doubt that Ferrari is an incubator capable of churning out young talents, also drawing on the female genre, such as Maya Weug, the first girl to ever join the FDA.
Meikes continued saying: "The most important aspect of the test was to give the Scuderia official race drivers, Charles and Carlos, the opportunity to get back into the swing of driving again after the winter break. For the FDA guys it was another opportunity to experience driving a Formula 1 car. For Carlos and Marcus the test was also a “first”, as the Spaniard’s was making his debut with his new team and the New Zealander was experiencing a Formula 1 car for the first time".
Giuliano Alesi, son of former french driver Jean Alesi, who drove for Ferrari from 1991 to 1995, will no longer be part of the FDA.
Mekies also referred to this, by saying: "For Giuliano it was a gift for the end of his FDA career. The best thing , durng this week, was the atmosphere in the pits of our home track, all the guys wanted to get back on track and get ready for the season that is about to begin ".
Ferrari has given a concrete demonstration of what its potential can be, the team has been able to test all the procedures, in sight of a season, which, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, will be very similar to last year's one.