Although his race debut in Ferrari won't come until March 28 in Bahrain, Carlos Sainz and fans of the Scuderia look to be getting on well after interacting at Fiorano.
The Spaniard finally got a chance to drive a Ferrari during the team's recent five-day test at Fiorano. Teammate Charles Leclerc, along with a number of drivers from the Ferrari Driver Academy, took part in the event as well.
Sainz completed over 150 laps in the 2018 car over a day-and-a-half, but perhaps more noteworthy is the interaction he had with fans that spent the day at the track.
At the end of the first day the Spaniard took a fire truck out the section where fans were situated with banners reading 'Vamos Carlos' and 'Smooth operator'.
The 1984 song by Sade has become synonymous with Sainz in recent years as he's belted it out multiple times over the radio while with McLaren, and the Spaniard is pleased Ferrari fans have already taken him in as one of their own.
"The fans know me well if they hung up those banners," Sainz told Motorsport-Total.com. "So people here in Italy and the tifosi already know my name and my preferences in terms of names. So that's a good start.
"At the end of the day, I had a chance to go and say hello to them.
"I got the car and went to say thanks to them for being here, supporting me on a very special day, and sharing with them a bit the passion and what a special day it was for me."
Sainz will continue to immerse himself in the Ferrari world in early March during pre-season testing in Bahrain, this time in the 2021 Ferrari SF21.