Maranello: a formula 1 ferrari on public roads!

Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc drove the latest Ferrari SF1000 on public roads during a special demo drive in Maranello

( “Normally I’m not an early riser, but this morning I had a good reason to be.”, says Charles Leclerc. The Formula 1 driver drove his current SF1000 in Ferrari’s hometown of Maranello. “Maybe I woke up a few people, but it was just great to drive the SF1000 through these streets.”, he says.

Charles Leclerc drives out of the Ferrari factory (Gestione Sportiva) in Maranello

At the company entrance: Charles Leclerc takes to the streets in the Ferrari SF1000 Zoom

And Ferrari had come up with a special route: the starting point was the Ferrari factory site. Just outside the former factory halls of the racing department, the mechanics started up the SF1000, after which Leclerc walked in the car on the traces of Ferrari history in the small Italian town.

“I was really looking forward to being in the car today, and for this particular route”, says Leclerc.

The route of Leclerc in Maranello

This route took him first along the Via Abetone Inferiore, then past the “Gestione Sportiva”, where Ferrari has developed and built all its Formula 1 cars since 2015, and then to the Ferrari Musem. At the end of his tour, Leclerc used the Via Gilles Villeneuve, which brought him to the Fiorano circuit.

“Sitting in the cockpit again, it feels like being at home”, says Leclerc after his special tour. Ferrari had wanted to show with it: The forced break of the Formula 1 is over. Or, as Leclerc puts it, “It was a funny way of saying we’re ready to get back on the race track.”

In fact, the Formula 1 regulations allow such demonstrations with current cars, provided that the world governing body (FIA) has given its approval in advance and the Formula 1 competition has also been informed about everything in advance.

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Each team is free to hold two events of this kind per season, of course also on special Pirelli tires. And that in addition to the two days of filming over 100 kilometers each, which must also be mastered on separate, hard demonstration tires.

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Leclerc enjoyed the short drive in Maranello as much as the SF90 Stradale in Monte Carlo: “Now I can’t wait to drive the SF1000 in Austria”, he says. No wonder: Ferrari’s Formula 1 downtime since the last day of winter testing in Barcelona was exactly 110 days.

The inhabitants of Maranello had to wait even whole years to see again a current Formula 1 Ferrari on the streets of their city. Leclerc was the “first driver of the modern era”, To whom this honor has been given, Ferrari says, without mentioning annual figures of previous demo rides of this kind.

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