The Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel said after the third test day in Barcelona that the new rules have become a kind of “aspirin” for Formula 1, improving the car on all fronts.
Valtteri Bottas kept the best time on the third day of tests
Vettel tested SF70H Monday and Wednesday, twice finishing behind the Mercedes. However, my best time showed Sebastian on the harder sets of rubber than Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.
On the question of what primarily characterized the new car from old, Sebastian said: “For pilots the best was everything: braking, cornering, now we have more grip – even at low speed when downforce is relatively low, we save the wide tires.
The new regulations worked like “aspirin” by fixing everything!”
Vettel added that Ferrari don’t look at other people’s times during pre-season tests: “We have a lot of work and the team keep up the momentum. Winter break has passed for us quite easily, we tried to focus on what’s important. The same thing happens on tests – we perform our work, and to-do list is huge.
Three days went well, we covered a lot of laps, although it was possible to work better.
Honestly, I didn’t pay attention to what the others are doing. At the end of the session everyone looked at times, although it is more important to appreciate the work done, which is not so easy to analyse”.
To the question about the potential of Ferrari in 2017 Vettel joked: “I don’t Have a crystal ball to answer, although there are two other ball, of course… But it has nothing to say.”
Tomorrow’s the final day of the first pre-season test for Scuderia will hold Kimi Raikkonen on artificially wetted Catalan track.
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