‘Anybody Can Run a 2-Year-old Car’ – Buxton Explains Ferrari’s Special Private Tests for Leclerc and Sainz

Published 01/23/2021, 3:15 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace


Ever since rumors broke out that recently recruited Ferrari driver, Carlos Sainz, will be taking part in private testing in Fiorano, fans have been saying that it was against the rulebook of F1.

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Amid some criticisms, F1’s media reporter, Will Buxton, opened up about Ferrari initiating five-day testing at their home, Maranello.

The Briton reckoned that Ferrari never really play against the rules. He mentioned the fact that the Reds will only be handing Sainz with a car that is over two years old, which complies with the FIA’s rules.

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Buxton’s opinion on Ferrari’s private testing

Buxton posted a video on social media, where he clarified the complications lurking around the soon-to-begin Ferrari’s private testing.

A lot of you were asking, ‘how come Ferrari have got special dispensation to run a car at Fiorano where nobody else does?’. Well, quite frankly, anybody can run a 2-year-old car if they want to,” he said.

It’s just that Ferrari have got so many cars that they can do it pretty much whenever they want. They’ve got pretty much all of their old cars there for the course of clientele clients.”

Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari drives in the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Interlagos in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

This testing will be Sainz’s first official outing with Ferrari, and as of now, reports claim that the Spaniard will be taking the 2018-made SF71H for a stroll around the Ferrari-owned track in Fiorano.

Along with Sainz, his teammate, Charles Leclerc, and junior drivers, Marcus Armstrong, and Robert Shwartzman will be taking part in the test.

Ferrari could run anything they want: Buxton

The British reporter opined that Ferrari’s long history in F1 handed the team the freedom to run any cars at any time they want. The Maranello-based outfit have built over 50 different F1 cars since their entry into the sport.

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They could run any of Michael’s world championship-winning cars if they wanted to,” he said. “Hell, last time I was there, they had Alain Prost’s 641. They could run that too.”

Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF1000 on track during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Albert Gea/Pool via Getty Images)

Although Ferrari won’t be handing their drivers with their newly designed SF21, this five-day testing will definitely help Sainz gain more exposure with the older but similar cars.

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Furthermore, this could also help Sainz build a formidable relationship with his potential long-term team. So, overall, will this testing be crucial in bolstering Sainz’s performance over the 2021 F1 season?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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