Leclerc gets back to the grind after COVID seclusion

Charles Leclerc is up and running at Fiorano today, the Ferrari driver reporting for duty this morning fit and well after a two-week COVID quarantine at home in Monaco.

Leclerc is enjoying a full day of running onboard the Scuderia's SF71H as he warms up for the 2021 season along with teammate Carlos Sainz who will be in action tomorrow.

"Getting back in the car today was great, in fact it was brilliant!" said Leclerc, at the end of his day of testing.

"Seeing my mechanics again, putting the race suit on, doing my warm-up routine, putting on my helmet and finally jumping in the car and pressing the starter button… the sound of a Ferrari engine is always magic.

"The day was simply perfect and we got through all the work we had planned to do. I really enjoyed myself! Now I hand over to Carlos and I wish him the best of luck for tomorrow."

Ferrari's full week of testing at Fiorano kicked off yesterday with Giuliano Alesi, Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman while Mick Schumacher and Callum Ilott will be behind the wheel on Thursday and Friday.