This wasn't your average morning trip to the office.
Last month, Ferrari F1 racing driver Charles Leclerc said that he couldn't wait to get back to racing after getting behind the wheel of a 2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale for a film shoot in Monaco. Well, on his way to work yesterday morning, Leclerc took one step closer as he got behind the wheel of a Ferrari SF1000 F1 car and took it for a drive through the streets of Maranello. It comes, of course, as the 2020 Formula 1 season finally gets underway after months of shutdowns. Leclerc's tweet about the momentous drive was short and to the point, apologizing for (likely) waking up a few of the town's inhabitants. Ferrari also shared the spectacle on its social media platforms.
The last time that the SF1000 was in action was 110 days ago when testing took place at the track in Barcelona. Compared with thousands of Americans stuck in traffic in their Camrys and choking on exhaust fumes, Leclerc's much more glamorous trip to work began when he exited the same gate that Enzo Ferrari passed through on 12 March 1947 in the legendary 125 S.
The sound of the SF1000 was unmistakable as it echoed through the sleepy town. Uniquely, Leclerc is now the first driver of the modern era to have driven an actual F1 car through Maranello, before ending the drive at the Fiorano Track.
The moment was not lost on Leclerc, who said: "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." A social media video shared on a Charles Leclerc Fan Page indicated that the memorable trip took place bright and early, at around 6.30 am. The route also passed by the famous Maranello Museum.
Now, Leclerc is gearing up for the Austrian Grand Prix which will take place in early July. While the return of Formula 1 is welcomed, all we want right now is to be able to drive an SF1000 to the office.