Carlos Sainz drove his first laps for Ferrari on the Italian Fiorano circuit on Wednesday.
Sainz, who joined from McLaren this season, drove a 2018 F1 Ferrari car during the test. His appearance is part of a week-long test schedule in which Sainz ‘teammate Charles Leclerc completed over 100 laps on Tuesday.
Sainz signed his contract for the current season early last year, replacing four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.
The Spaniard was prevented from making an early appearance for Ferrari in the test that followed last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Vettel was also prevented from testing for his new team, Racing Point, before it was renamed Aston Martin this year.
Sainz will test all Wednesday and drive on Thursday morning before being handed over to Ferrari Academy driver Mick Schumacher, who is making his F1 debut with the American team Haas this season.
It is part of Ferrari’s preparations for the new F1 season. Pre-season testing will take place in Bahrain from March 12-14, ahead of the inaugural race of the 2021 season, the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 28.