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Leclerc and Sainz set for Ferrari test runs this week

The 2022 F1 season might still be a few weeks away, but Ferrari are already getting into the swing of things by holding a track session at Maranello with drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

Ferrari have revealed that they will hold a four-day track session this week, with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz getting some running in at the team's Maranello facility. Whilst the Scuderia's 2022 car has not yet broken cover - with the launch event set for 17 February - the drivers will take to the Fiorano circuit in last year's SF21. Proceedings will begin on Tuesday, when test driver Robert Shwartzman is due to be in the car first. Leclerc is scheduled to be behind the wheel on Wednesday, whilst Sainz takes over on the following day before Shwartzman rounds off the session. The pre-season run has become a tradition for Ferrari, and provides an opportunity for the drivers, mechanics and engineers to get readjusted with operations following the winter break. This will mark the first time that the drivers have performed some runs in an F1 car since the end-of-season test in Abu Dhabi back in December, where they drove a mule car fitted with the new 18-inch wheels being introduced in 2022. Pre-season testing for the new campaign is set to begin with an initial three-day test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from 23-25 February, before a second, three-day test is held at the Bahrain International Circuit on 10-12 March.