According to reports published by Motorsport.com, F2 sensation Charles Leclerc has earned his first opportunity to drive current Ferrari machinery, as he will complete a day behind the wheel of the SF70-H in the post-Hungarian Grand Prix test.
Having won the GP3 championship title last season, Leclerc has made a hugely successful graduation to F2 this year. The Monegasque driver currently leads the championship by 67 points, claiming five victories en route.
His success as a series rookie is unprecedented in the ‘Pirelli era’ of the category, where experience in the machinery has often proven critical.
Despite having driven for Haas in four FP1 sessions last year, this test would be Leclerc’s first opportunity to pilot a current Ferrari.
The news has reignited speculation as to where Leclerc will be placed for 2018. Should he proceed to win the F2 championship title, he will not be permitted to remain in the feeder series next season.
With Ferrari historically favouring experience over youth when selecting their drivers, it is unlikely that Leclerc would find himself at Ferrari straight after his F2 graduation.
A Haas race seat is unquestionably a more likely option at present, but could a strong day of testing for the Scuderia make them more inclined to take a chance on one of the sport’s most talented youngsters?