Mercedes and Ferrari to run private tests before Formula 1 return

Mercedes vs Ferrari

Formula 1 front-runners Mercedes and Ferrari will make their returns to the track in private tests over the coming weeks, it was announced on Thursday.

Last seen on-track in February at preseason testing, it has been nearly four months without the sight of a F1 car due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that is set to change in the coming days.

Per an announcement on their twitter, six-time defending champions Mercedes will run their 2018 car at Silverstone next week, with Valtteri Bottas taking the wheel on Tuesday before Lewis Hamilton has his turn on Wednesday.

Following their rivals, the official F1 website is reporting that Ferrari will conduct their own test at a date and circuit to be announced soon.

Ostensibly, the two teams are eager to shake-off some of the rust that has accumulated in the coronavirus-induced hiatus, before embarking on a condensed 2020 season that kicks-off with a doubleheader in Austria on July 5 and 12.

Whether any other teams will conduct their own tests remains to be seen, but already McLaren’s Lando Norris has ran a personal private test in a Formula 3 car, suggesting others are likely to follow.