Leclerc has fun driving a 1960s Ferrari

The product of the fantastic mind of Mauro Forghieri, the Ferrari 312 is one of the most iconic Prancing Horse F1s in history. This single-seater is the symbol of the Grands Prix of the late 1960s, marked by the return of « big » engines and the advent of drivers such as Jackie Stewart, Jacky Ickx or Jochen Rindt.

Beyond its beautiful forms, the Ferrari 312 is known for what lies behind its cockpit, namely a 3-liter 12-cylinder engine (hence the name of the model) producing a spectacular sound and having long white exhausts intertwined, like spaghetti.

Charles Leclerc, already at the wheel of the Ferrari 312T4 of Gilles Villeneuve earlier in the year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of the Little Prince, and the Ferrari 312B3 of Niki Lauda at the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, had the privilege of doing a few laps of the Fiorano circuit aboard a 312 « spaghetti » from the 1960s, completely rebuilt by the Ferrari Classiche department.

“I am very happy to have had this opportunity”commented Leclerc. “Going from my current F1-75 to this 312 F1 is like going to a completely different discipline, although the excitement you get behind the wheel of any Ferrari is still the same. really loved everything about this ‘spaghetti’. »

The Ferrari 312 took part in the 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969 seasons of the Formula 1 World Championship. Its beauty, however, is not reflected in its track record since in four years, only seven pole positions and three victories have been won by the illustrious John Surtees, Lorenzo BandiniMike Parkes, Ludovico Scarfiotti, Chris Amon and Jacky Ickx.

Despite the meager successes gleaned, the Ferrari 312 remains a highly important car in the history of the championship since it is the first F1 equipped with a rear wing, an innovation quickly copied by all of its opponents.

In 1970, after four seasons of loyal service and several upgrades, the 312 was replaced by the 312B, a faster car that took Ickx up to second place overall. This car, and the following versions, had gone to a flat-12, thus sealing the disappearance of the famous spaghetti.

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