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18/06/2020

The town of Maranello was woken at the crack of dawn today, as Ferrari's 2020 season finally got underway again, and to mark the occasion Charles Leclerc took an unusual route to Fiorano.

Three and a half months on from the final day of testing at Barcelona, 110 days ago to be precise, Ferrari fired up the SF1000 before it set off from the Officina Classiche, in the heart of the historic Maranello factory, where, some time ago, the racing department was based.

Leclerc subsequently emerged through the same gate that Enzo Ferrari used on 12 March 1947, in the first car to bear his name, the 125 S.

After crossing a deserted Via Abetone Inferiore, the SF1000 passed in front of the Gestione Sportiva in Via Enzo Ferrari 27, where all the Scuderia's F1 cars have been designed, built and developed since 2015. He then drove past the Maranello Museum which is home to some of the most beautiful Ferraris built over the past 73 years.

Leclerc is the first driver of the modern era to have driven a Formula 1 car though the streets of Maranello and he ended his run taking Via Gilles Villeneuve on his way to the Fiorano track where every road going Ferrari since 1972 has been driven for the first time and, until testing restrictions were introduced, it was also the proving ground for every F1 car to come out of Maranello.

The long enforced break is finally over: the SF1000 is up and running again. The next time the 2020 F1 engines will be heard will be on Friday 3 July, during the first free practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix.

"I don't normally like getting up early," said Leclerc, "but this morning there was a great reason to do so. Maybe it woke a few people up, but it was great to drive through the streets of Maranello in the SF1000.

"It was exciting to get back in the car today, particularly on such a special route. Being back in the cockpit felt like coming home again. It seemed like a fun way of saying we are ready to get back on track. Now I can't wait to drive the SF1000 in Austria."

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1. Posted by aroutis, 19/06/2020 6:02

"That was a great gesture from the Scuderia for its fans and for the sport , whoever is complaining is a hater."

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2. Posted by Wokingchap, 18/06/2020 10:04

"Inconsiderate cheats "

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