Charles Leclerc got back behind the wheel of Ferrari’s 2019-spec SF90 as sole tyre supplier Pirelli kick-started its 2022 tyre testing programme at Spanish venue Jerez on Monday.
Leclerc completed 110 laps on a prototype 18-inch Intermediate tyre on an artificially dampened circuit in a heavily modified SF90 ‘mule’.
All 10 teams on the current grid are expected to take part in the programme in modified 2019 cars, which have been adapted to try and represent downforce levels expected to be seen under the new regulations.
The 18-inch tyre programme initially began in 2019 with plans to implement the new technical regulations for 2021 but the introduction of the revised sizes was deferred until 2022 due to the pandemic.
Under tweaked regulations Pirelli is now permitted to carry out 30 days of running, rather than 25, as was the case prior.
Pirelli has yet to reveal its final testing schedule, but it is expected running will take place at circuits after a race weekend to avoid unnecessary travel.
Carlos Sainz Jr. is expected to take over driving duties from Leclerc on Tuesday.