Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was happy with how his first day on track with the team went as winter testing got underway in Jerez on Sunday. The German set his fastest time on a set of the Pirelli Medium compound tyre.
Over the course of the day, Vettel ran the Pirelli winter Hard and the Medium compound tyre. Over the course of the day Vettel completed set up work along with general systems checks with the SF15-T. Vettel completed sixty laps with a fastest time of 1m 22.620s. Speaking about the opening day of running, the German stated:
‘Today was a good start. I can’t say more than that, because this is only the beginning. Everything is different, even the philosophy behind the car, when compared to what I was used to.
But I immediately felt at ease within the team and the guys gave me a very warm welcome. For now, lap times aren’t important: I did mine on the medium compound, but the comparison has to be made yet again with the Mercedes. They are very quick, let’s just hope they are not quite as fast as last year…’
The team encountered a small problem with the telemetry on the car and as a result they failed to complete the full programme that they had hoped to get done. Speaking about today’s running, Technical Director James Allison stated:
‘On the one hand, I’m disappointed we didn’t manage to do more miles, because of problems we encountered with the telemetry. However, on the other, we saw the car make progress with the laps we did run.’
New Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene was on hand to oversee the first day of running for the SF15-T and stated:
‘It seems the SF15-T took on board what was said about it at the launch! Joking apart, this is only the beginning and at this stage, lap times are all relative. We are just getting on with it for now and I’d rather emphasise the work done by the team, who seem to me to be very motivated, which I am very pleased about. I say “well done” to Sebastian, but we have to keep in mind that our rivals, especially Mercedes, must not be underestimated.’
Vettel will be back in the car on Monday before handing over to Kimi Raikkonen on Tuesday and Wednesdayas the Finn will conclude the opening test for the Maranello based outfit.
© Ben Johnston 2015