Four time Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel officially began a new chapter in his career as he drove a Ferrari Formula One car for the first time as a driver for the Italian team as he drove the 2012 F2012 at the team's Fiorano test track.
Speaking following his first outing for the team Vettel stated:
'Obviously it’s been a fantastic day to come here. I remember I’ve been here a long time ago as a little child, driving through Maranello and trying to look over the fence, so to be here officially as part of the team felt fantastic. The possibility to drive the car and get to know the team was a unique experience. Obviously it’s a very different color for me, everybody is dressed in red, everything is red, but it’s really something special and I’m very much looking forward to the challenge that we took on for the next years '.
The German completed nearly 100 laps of the Italian circuit as he got acclimatized to the Ferrari car. Vettel also met with a number of senior Ferrari engineers and went through the data from his test with Ferrari chassis technical director James Allison.
Vettel concluded by saying:
'Obviously, its already winter time so it was quite cold doing some laps but it was a great feeling, it is always enjoyable to be in the car and, again, looking back to the years when I was 11 or 12, trying to look over the fence and trying to see a glimpse of Michael running on the track, well, today I was the one running and saw the tifosi around.
You know there are a lot of fairytales about Ferrari and how it feels to drive a red car and in the end I can only confirm these fairytales, it’s not just a story, it’s a true legend that exists and it feels really, really special to become part of that and to be inside the car, to see the people coming, running to the track and trying to climb the walls to see the car, so there is definitely something very magic and something that happened today which I will never forget.'
© Ben Johnston 2014