Leclerc on track with the 1967 Ferrari 312 F1

Charles Leclerc and Ferrari’s historic cars, episode four. After Alberto Ascari’s 1951 375 F1, Niki Lauda’s 1975 312 T and Gilles Villeneuve’s 1979 312 T4, the Monegasque had the opportunity to drive the Ferrari 312 F1, a single-seater entered by the Scuderia between 1966 and 1969, driven at the time by Jacky Ickx, Lorenzo Bandini and even Chris Amon.

On the Fiorano track, the current Ferrari driver was able to complete a few laps aboard the ‘Spaghetti’ Ferrari, affectionately nicknamed in reference to its convoluted exhaust system which resembled Italy’s most famous dish. The lines that protruded from the V12 engine (which developed up to 410 hp) took the analogy with pasta even further, since they were painted white, resembling a tangle of spaghetti.

Leclerc “very happy to have had this opportunity”

The car that Charles Leclerc drove played an important role in the evolution of the Maranello brand and Formula 1 as a whole. In 1967, it was one of the first single-seaters to be fitted with a rear wing. The current owner of the car had asked the department Ferrari Classic to rebuild it completely to its original specifications, including its Tipo 242C engine, so that it can take part in historic races. Once the work was completed, the department called on Charles Leclerc to carry out the shakedown.

“I am very happy to have had this opportunitysaid the Monegasque after his experience at the wheel of the Ferrari 312 F1. Going from my current F1-75 to this 312 F1 is like going to a completely different sport, although the excitement one gets behind the wheel of any Ferrari is still the same. But I really enjoyed everything about this ‘Spaghetti’! »

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