Sebastian Vettel is pleased with the first experience of the new Ferrari SF1000, which he described as a clear step forwaed compared to last year’s SF90, and said that the most important thing was that they completed a lot of laps.

Vettel did not feel well on the first day of testing, so Leclerc did the planned program on Wednesday, while duties were split on Thursday with Leclerc driving in the morning and Vettel in the afternoon.

During the lunch break, the mechanics reconfigured the car to Sebastian’s driving settings and the German’s sixth season on track with Scuderia Ferrari got underway shortly after 2pm.

Due to drive yesterday, he swapped with Charles as he was feeling slightly unwell. Today, he carried on where his team-mate left off in the morning, also running the C4 compound, with which he set his fastest lap of 1:18.154.

He did 73 laps, equal to 340 kilometres. In total, the SF1000 has now completed 254 laps, equivalent to 1,182 kilometres.

Friday is the third and final day of the first pre-season test and Sebastian will be at the wheel of the SF1000 for the whole day.

“Finally I was able to drive the SF1000 after feeling unwell and having to spend most of yesterday in bed. It was nice to be back behind the wheel and to start getting used to the car.”

“This first half day was definitely positive: we had no reliability problems and we were able to do 73 laps. That’s the most important thing when you’re dealing with a new car.”

“The SF1000 is certainly a step forward compared to last year’s car.”

“For tomorrow, the aim is to get as much track time as possible and to gather as much data as we can, to help us get a better understanding of where we are in our work programme.”

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