Sainz in the Ferrari
Where Formula One teams could test as much as they wanted in the past, that is not the case anymore. Teams have to do it with a winter test, a test here and there during the season and some kilometres during a filming day. That is not much when you have a new driver in your team.
With Carlos Sainz, for example, Ferrari have a new driver in the team, who still has to get used to the car. Ferrari tried to use Sainz during the test day in Abu Dhabi, but got no permission from the FIA. Now Sainz will join the team before the start of the season.
Test for Schumacher
Ferrari has scheduled five days of testing with the 2018 Ferrari this week, according to Speedweek.com. So it has no direct benefit for 2021, but Sainz will be happy to be in action on Wednesday and Thursday morning. Charles Leclerc will be in action as early as Tuesday, provided he has fully recovered from the coronavirus.
However, apart from the current drivers, Ferrari also give their talents a chance to test. On Monday Giuliano Alesi, Marcus Armstrong and Robert Shwartzman will get into the car, while Mick Schumacher will take on Thursday afternoon and all of Friday. A good test for the Ferrari talent that will be in action for Haas this year.