Vettel, Vergne arrive at Maranello for first days on the job


The two new “Vs” at Scuderia Ferrari have arrived, officially, at Maranello.

Sebastian Vettel is in the factory, with this photo posted by Reuters F1 reporter Alan Baldwin earlier Thursday:

A brief statement from Ferrari confirms the purpose:

“Today, at the request of Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene, Sebastian Vettel came to Maranello to visit the Gestione Sportiva. The purpose of the tour was to allow the four times World Champion to visit all the departments and to get better acquainted with everyone he will be working with this season.”

The four-time World Champion replaces Fernando Alonso, and how the two of them get on in their new environments are set to be two of the story lines this season.

Meanwhile new test and development driver Jean-Eric Vergne was in for his first day in Ferrari’s simulator earlier this week.

“The first day as a Ferrari man is really something special,” Vergne said, via the official Ferrari website.

“But already last night, I took a short trip around Maranello and I realized that this is a city that lives and breathes Ferrari. This year, I will be doing a lot of work in the simulator and this first introduction to it was very useful. I know Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen well and I can’t wait to work with them.”

Vergne tweeted this photo out before his first official day of work.