Sunday, 22 February 2015

Reliability and tyre testing the order of the day for Vettel and Ferrari

(© Ben Johnston 2015)

Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel concluded the team’s test programme at the Barcelona Circuit de Catalunya in Spain on Sunday.

The German focused on set up work for the SF15-T as well as more tyre testing for Pirelli. The four t time world champion completed 76 laps in his way to seventh place on the time sheets with a 1m 26.312s.

Vettel used a combination of the Soft and Medium compound tyre on Sunday and speaking following the test he said:

First of all, I’d like to wish Fernando a quick recovery. Luckily, we have already received some good news, so I hope he we’ll be back in top form at next week’s test.

As for today’s test, I can say that we have focused mainly on the car’s reliability, completing some long-runs, and testing various settings and tyre configurations. We could not run as much as we’d like, but at this stage of winter testing there are always some teething problems you have to deal with. Overall, I can confirm that my feeling with the car is positive and now I’m looking forward to the next week of testing.’

Scuderia Ferrari chief designer Simone Resta stated:

Overall, over these past days, we have followed the planned programme, based on development, on fine-tuning various components and strategy. We have also run aerodynamic measurements based on components to be developed in the wind tunnel, along with hardware and setup tests, all while running different tyre programmes.

We had some planned stops in order to change components that had reached the end of their life cycle. We did a lot of practice starts, but we have not yet completed a race simulation, which is in accordance with our programme. The drivers said they have a good feeling with the car and the set-up work has served to improve that, as well as being carried out to adapt to the continually varying weather conditions.’

© Ben Johnston 2015

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