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Sport Ferrari to field Leclerc in post-Hungary test

15:00  17 july  2017
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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.

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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?

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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