Carlos Sainz participates in the Pirelli and Ferrari test in Jerez

Official drivers ride the SF90 on 18-inch tires. Beyond the number of laps, little will be known about these jobs by 2022.

Yesterday, Carlos Sainz drove a 2019 Ferrari SF90 adapted to fit 18-inch wheels, instead of the current 13-inch, during the tire tests that Pirelli has been driving at the Jerez circuit since Monday, which ended this Wednesday with a third and last session. The Madrilenian is taking the opportunity to reinforce his adaptation to the procedures of the Italian team, although it cannot be said that it is a very profitable test in terms of performance and benefits. On the menu of the day there were runs with intermissions to dry the track and, later, runs with dry tires to reach 85 laps. Charles Leclerc, who was behind the wheel on Monday (and completed 110 steps per goal), also got on.

These are tests focused on the work of Pirelli engineers in which, in most cases, not even the pilot knows what type of tests he is doing. The Italian manufacturer uses prototypes of tires to later make the final tire for 2022, with a rim similar in size to those used in street sports cars. They will have 30 days of testing with all the teams to develop them.

Furthermore, everything that happens within the circuit is confidential because it affects the interests of the rest of the teams. The tests take place behind closed doors.

This Friday, Sainz and Leclerc will officially present themselves as Ferrari drivers for 2021 at an event organized by Maranello that will be broadcast virtually. To see the car, the SF21, we will have to wait until March 10 in Bahrain, two days before the preseason tests begin. Between the presentation and the training sessions, they may do a 100-kilometer filming day at the Sakhir circuit.

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