Leclerc warms up with kart running

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Canada, Circuit Gilles Villeneuveca

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc made a trip from his home at Monte Carlo to the South Garda Karting facility to prepare himself for the start of the delayed 2020 F1 season.

After participating in several sim races and excelling in some rounds of Formula One’s Virtual Grands Prix, Leclerc took it to a real track to warm himself up ahead of the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix. The two-time race winner travelled to the South Garda Karting track where he completed some laps in anger.

“So good to be back on track,” said the Monegasque on social media on Thursday. The Monegasque stayed for another day of karting at the South Garda circuit on Friday.

Leclerc is set to start his third year in Formula 1 and his second one as a driver of the Scuderia Ferrari team. The 22-year-old was the first driver to win the GP3 and the Formula 2 championship in his debut year, a feat that has been achieved by George Russell since then.

After making his debut at Sauber, Ferrari made a move that had been unusual for the Scuderia in its long history when it signed the inexperienced Leclerc as an official driver of the Prancing Horse in 2019. The young driver won two races last year in heroic manner, beating the faster cars of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas at Spa and Monza.