Ferrari is to give runaway F2 championship leader Charles Leclerc a first taste of its 2017 Formula 1 car in the post-Hungarian GP test, Motorsport.com has learned.
Leclerc has impressed hugely after stepping up to F2 this year, winning five races so far and currently holding a 67-point advantage in the championship standings.
As a member of Ferrari's young driver academy, Leclerc's showings have prompted speculation about what the Italian team will do with him next year, as it is clear he has potential to do well in F1.
Rumours that he could even make an immediate jump to a race seat have now been ramped up, with Ferrari electing to test him out in Hungary.
Although there has been no official announcement yet, sources have confirmed that Leclerc will take part in one of the two days that the test takes place at Hungaroring.
With neither of Ferrari's current drivers under contract for next year, the test will give the Maranello outfit a good chance to properly evaluate Leclerc's speed and technical feedback in the current car to help better judge what is done with him next.
Leclerc already has good experience of F1 machinery, having completed a Ferrari test in a 2014 car at Fiorano last year as well as conducting four FP1 runs for Haas in 2016.
Additional reporting by Roberto Chinchero