Vettel: First impression is good and a step forward
Sebastian Vettel at the wheel of the new Ferrari SF16-H topped the timing screens at the end of day one of the first Formula 1 preseason test at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and declared that the new car is a step forward for the Maranello outfit.
Speaking at the end of the day, in which he racked up 69 laps, Vettel said, “We had the first proper day of testing today, from which we got a first feeling from the car and the first impression is good, I think the new car is a step forward.”
His best time of 1:24.939 was almost half a second up on the next best set by world champion Lewis Hamilton in the new Mercedes W07.
Vettel told media, “I felt confident enough, but we know there is still a lot of work in front of us. For sure there have been changes inside and outside the car. Lap times today are not important at all: they will be in a month’s time at the Australian Grand Prix!”
“It was good to have some laps, I would have liked to have some more but it is natural that when you have something new and things you want to check you are more conscious, so you stop to have a look at them, and unfortunately this all takes time,” added the German.