Yesterday was the first real day of testing for the Ferrari SF16-H and it marks the beginning of a busy development programme.
In the morning, Ferrari ran some aerodynamic checks before continuing with fine tuning the car’s baseline set-up. This involved constant speed runs and function tests with various different fuel loads. Sebastian Vettel completed over 60 laps with a best of 1.24.939 at Circuit de Catalunya, Spain.
“We had the first proper day of testing”, Sebastian noted, “from which we got a first feeling of the car and the first impression is good; I think the new car is a step forward. I felt confident enough, but we know there is still a lot of work in front of us. For sure there have been changes inside and outside the car”.
“Lap times are not important at all: they will be in a month’s time at the Australian Grand Prix! It was good to do some laps, I would have liked to have some more, but it is natural that when you have something new and things you want to check, you are more cautious, so you stop to have a look at them, and unfortunately this all takes time”, said the four-time World Champion.
There were many comments in the paddock on the livery of the SF16-H, which some have called “a gift to the main sponsor” of the Prancing Horse team. Others compared it to the legendary Ferraris of Lauda and Regazzoni. It will also definitely be a marketing issue, but the design solution is very aesthetic.