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New Ferrari makes “smooth” debut on track at Fiorano · RaceFans

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Fiorano, 2024

Ferrari’s new SF-24 car for the upcoming Formula 1 season has run on-track for the first time following its official unveiling.

The car was unveiled on Tuesday during the team’s launch event. Carlos Sainz Jnr was the first to drive the car, taking it our for two laps of the Fiorano circuit, before handing over to team mate Charles Leclerc.

The team is conducting a limited demonstration run with the car today. It intends to complete a filming day session tomorrow, in which it will be able to complete up to 200 kilometres.

The team encountered no problems with the car during its brief run around its test circuit in Maranello.

“It was a good installation lap,” said Sainz. “Nothing happened, which is always good news.

“We have some more laps scheduled to do yet, so let’s see. But so far everything is going smoothly.”

He expects to learn more from tomorrow’s running at Fiorano and the official, three-day pre-season test at the Bahrain International Circuit next week.

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“It was around five kilometres out of the more than a thousand that we are going to complete in winter testing,” said Sainz. “But they went smoothly.

“We had no issues on the installation lap. We did five laps in total, I did two, Charles did three. So it went as smooth as an installation lap can go and we will see more later this week.”

The SF-24 will be the last Ferrari that Sainz will race for the team following the announcement that he will leave the team at the end of the season to be replaced by Lewis Hamilton.

Pictures: 2024 Ferrari on track

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