Montmelò, 17 May – Sebastian Vettel completed 103 laps over the course of the first day of this in-season test session at Barcelona. He set the fastest time of the day in 1.23.220, running the Soft tyres. The Scuderia Ferrari driver worked on a programme that included trying various set-up combinations with different fuel loads and tyre compounds. Tomorrow, the German vacates the cockpit of the SF16-H to make way for the young Ferrari Driver Academy student, Antonio Fuoco, who was competing in his first GP3 event at this track last weekend.
Sebastian Vettel: “I think it is a unique chance having the opportunity right after the GP to test at the same track, more or less on the same conditions. Saturday we struggled a bit so today we tried some stuff. We needed to have a good look at it, but this is not the only thing we were here for. For sure we tried to cover as much as possible in one day. I think Monaco should be a strong track for us, last year we were very competitive there. Now we have improved the car in the areas you need for that GP so I think it should help. Here in Barcelona we were as competitive as expected, with the exception of Saturday. Now we are not in the best position, we are not the favorites going to Monaco either, as the favorites remain Mercedes, but we try very hard and if there is a chance to win we’ll try to win. We go step by step, not looking too far ahead. I’m convinced that the chance is there.”