Sport Ferrari to field Leclerc in post-Hungary test

15:00  17 july  2017
15:00  17 july  2017 Source:   Read Sport

Leclerc on top in F2 practice at Silverstone

  Leclerc on top in F2 practice at Silverstone Ferrari Formula 1 junior Charles Leclerc topped the opening practice session ahead of Formula 2’s fourth round of the season at Silverstone. The Monegasque sat at the top of the timesheets for the majority of the session, which was unusually held on a Thursday afternoon as part of a new trial along with the GP3 practice session. Leclerc set the pace with a 1m40.695s, which was 0.315s quicker than his championship rival Oliver Rowland, who was second quickest for DAMS. Luca Ghiotto edged Rowland’s team-mate Nicholas Latifi for third place in the session, with Austrian sprint race winner Artem Markelov in fifth. On his debut for Rapax, Sergio Canamasas was sixth fastest, 0.633s adrift from pacesetter Leclerc. Local driver, Jordan King was seventh ahead of Nyck de Vries, Norman Nato and Racing Engineering’s Louis Deletraz who completed the top 10. ART Grand Prix struggled to find the right balance, with Nobuharu Matsushita and Alexander Albon a lowly 14th and 15th. F2 debutant Callum Ilott is the third British driver competing this weekend, he was 18th quickest, 0.003s faster than Trident team-mate Nabil Jeffri.

Charles Leclerc is set to be rewarded for his Formula 2 championship domination with a test for Ferrari during the post - Hungarian GP F1 test . The 19-year-old currently holds a

Date. Hungary . Hungaroring. 30 Jul. Ferrari will give runaway Formula 2 championship leader Charles Leclerc a first taste of its 2017 Formula 1 car in the post Hungarian Grand Prix test , Autosport has learned.

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According to reports published by , F2 sensation Charles Leclerc has earned his first opportunity to drive current Ferrari machinery, as he will complete a day behind the wheel of the SF70-H in the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test.

Having won the GP3 championship title last season, Leclerc has made a hugely successful graduation to F2 this year. The Monegasque driver currently leads the championship by 67 points, claiming five victories en route.

His success as a series rookie is unprecedented in the ‘Pirelli era’ of the category, where experience in the machinery has often proven critical.

Barcelona and Hungary set to host 2018 in-season testing

  Barcelona and Hungary set to host 2018 in-season testing Spain and Hungary are understood to have been chosen as the venues to hold the two-day in-season tests for next season. Subject to contracts being finalised, the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona and the Hungaroring have been chosen by the teams to host both in-season tests. In-season testing returned in 2012, sporting regulations mean such tests are allowed to take place but, under strict rules, must take place at circuits that have just hosted a grand prix. Teams must also field a young driver in two of the four days across the year, this allows test and reserve drivers to have a chance to test F1 machinery. The tests will take place on the Tuesday and Wednesday after each grand prix weekend; the Spanish Grand Prix has been pencilled in on the provisional 2018 calendar as mid-May, with Hungary keeping hold of its late July slot. The return of the French Grand Prix at the Paul Ricard circuit next year saw one team try to push through a potential test at the track but other outfits did not back this request. As well as in-season tests, teams will also be permitted to helping Formula 1’s tyre supplier Pirelli to help improve the design of its tyres in dedicated tyre testing.

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Charles Leclerc will jump inside a 2017 Formula 1 car for the first time as he will test for Ferrari at the two-day test following the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Despite having driven for Haas in four FP1 sessions last year, this test would be Leclerc’s first opportunity to pilot a current Ferrari.

The news has reignited speculation as to where Leclerc will be placed for 2018. Should he proceed to win the F2 championship title, he will not be permitted to remain in the feeder series next season.

With Ferrari historically favouring experience over youth when selecting their drivers, it is unlikely that Leclerc would find himself at Ferrari straight after his F2 graduation.

A Haas race seat is unquestionably a more likely option at present, but could a strong day of testing for the Scuderia make them more inclined to take a chance on one of the sport’s most talented youngsters?

Sauber to bring major upgrade to Hungary .
Pascal Wehrlein is pinning his hopes of adding to his 2017 points tally on Sauber’s major upgrade which is currently scheduled to arrive in time for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The German scored points in Austria and Azerbaijan to elevate Sauber above McLaren into ninth place in the constructors’ championship. Wehrlein informed Formula1.com that his C32 will remain largely unchanged for this weekend’s British GP, but there will be a complete overhaul for Hungary. “We have nothing new on the car this weekend,” he said. “And for about two to three races we have been struggling with the performance. “But for Budapest, we are set for a big upgrade. Almost all the car – or all the aero side – will be new, so that should give us a good performance boost. “If what the data shows really can materialise we could be on a good go. So the plan does dive through the Silverstone weekend and look forward to Budapest.” Wehrlein expressed his delight with the news that former Renault boss Frederic Vasseur will become Sauber team principal on Monday. “I really respect Fred,” he added. “I used to work with him in DTM. He had a team there when I drove there in 2015. “He has so much experience in motorsport – and in many other ventures outside racing. He is a very successful man. He could help Sauber – he could be very good for the team. “We now have two races left before the summer shut-down and in the second half of the season the team will focus on next year, so I think you will not see his ‘touch’ too much this year.

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