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Ferrari in first F1 track action of the year

Pre-season testing is still several weeks away but Ferrari has already taken to the track over the winter break as it conducted a test alongside tyre supplier Pirelli.

Ferrari has been involved in the first Formula 1 on-track action of the year after kicking off Pirelli's testing programme for the year ahead.

Both Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were present at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain on Monday for their first drive of the season.

Pirelli commenced its testing for 2025 F1 tyres with Ferrari who fielded the SF-23 - its challenger from last year's campaign.

Sainz was behind the wheel in the morning before Leclerc jumped into the cockpit for the afternoon.

Pirelli stated that the test “took in comparisons between different types of prototype, both in terms of compound and construction, aimed at reducing tyre overheating”.

It marked its first tyre test since the end-of-season outing in Abu Dhabi last year.

Sainz logged 79 laps during the day and set a best time of 1:15.610 while Leclerc rounded the circuit 60 times with a fastest lap of 1:16.097.

The test resumed on Tuesday, January 30.

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