"I don’t normally like getting up early, but this morning there was a great reason to do so. Maybe it woke a few people up, but it was great to drive through the streets of Maranello in the SF1000.
It was exciting to get back in the car today, particularly on such a special route. Being back in the cockpit felt like coming home again.
It seemed like a fun way of saying we are ready to get back on track. Now I can’t wait to drive the SF1000 in Austria.” Charles Leclerc said about his "commute" to work.
I can almost guarantee the People of Maranello would have woken up this morning, like it was Christmas when they were a child, with the roar of the SF1000 tearing through their streets. Not something you would see, well ...… anywhere in the world other than Italy.
It has been an agonising 110 days since the final day of testing at Barcelona. Today the SF1000 has been fired up before it set off from the Officiana Classiche, in the heart of the Maranello factory, where the racing department was based. The Gate Leclerc emerged from was the same gate that Enzo Ferrari used on 12/03/1947 in the first car to bear his name. The 125 S.
The Ferrari past many iconic locations on its first "Wake up Drive". Crossing the deserted Via Abetone Inferiore, the Ferrari passed the Gestione Sportiva in Via Enzo Ferrari 27, where Scuderia's F1 cars have been designed, built and developed since 2015. Then a drive by the Maranello Museum which is home to some of the most beutifu; Ferraris built in the last 73 years.
Then on to the chequered flag! Ferrari said "Leclerc is the first driver of the modern era to have driven a Formula 1 car though the streets of Maranello and he ended his run taking Via Gilles Villeneuve on his way to the legendary Fiorano Track. This is the track where every road going Ferrari since 1972 is driven for the first time and, until testing restrictions were introduced, it was also the proving ground for every Formula 1 car to come out of Maranello."