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Video: Ferrari hit the track with new F1 challenger

Ferrari's brand new F1-75 has been driven on track for the first time, with Charles Leclerc taking to the wheel at Fiorano.

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Ferrari have hit the track for the first time with their brand new 2022 Formula 1 car, the F1-75.

At a foggy and cold Fiorano, Ferrari fired up their new single-seater and sent Charles Leclerc out on track for a few exploratory laps as part of an early demonstration run.

Ferrari shared a short clip of Leclerc heading out on track in the new machine.

Fittingly, Leclerc's first run in the F1-75, which marks the beginning of a new technical era in F1, was made on the day that Ferrari celebrate founder Enzo Ferrari's birthday. He was born on 18 February, 1898.

Why can Ferrari drive the car on track?

Ferrari's short run with the F1-75 is classified as a demo run, and will not count as one of the team's two permitted filming days for the year.

Under the sport's current rules, teams can conduct two demo events per year, limited to just 15km each and on a circuit that has not been approved for F1 cars.

Fiorano is Ferrari's dedicated test circuit, located next to the team's Maranello headquarters, though team boss Mattia Binotto explained that the "normal track" is not being used for this "demo purpose".

Ferrari will then use up one of their two permitted filming days for the year (limited to 100km each) at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 22 February, just before pre-season testing gets underway at the same venue.

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