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Ferrari duo call for caution despite positive start

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz completed a total of 116 laps on Friday as Ferrari got their 2021 Formula 1 season off to a solid start, as the team look to put a forgettable 2020 behind them.

Both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz took to the track for the first day of winter testing on Friday. While both men were pleased with how proceedings went, neither were willing to make any definitive statements after what they considered a positive day. The two drivers completed a total of 116 laps, with the Monegasque driver covering the morning session and the Spaniard taking over in the afternoon. Leclerc is already looking forward to Saturday after a positive first impression of the SF21. "The first day in a new car is always very interesting, after all the work carried out over the winter," Leclerc stated via a Ferrari press release. "We completed the whole programme without any major problems and the first impression of the car is pretty good. But obviously, it’s far too early to give a full assessment. Now I can’t wait to get behind the wheel again tomorrow! Sainz echoed his teammates sentiments. The Spaniard was happy the team was able to run their programme without issue, but he thinks the tricky conditions make it to early to come up with any definitive conclusions. "In general I think today was a positive first day of testing, where the target was to complete our whole run programme and we did it, so happy with that," Sainz added. "I guess everyone wants to figure out the performance of each car after today, but I think it is way too early to tell, and very difficult to know in these kind of conditions – full of sand, very windy and with big variations in temperatures. "All in all I think we can consider today a very good day. Thanks to everyone at the track and back at the factory. We keep working!

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