Sebastian Vettel feels that Ferrari’s new Formula 1 car feels like “a step forward” after enjoying his first test with the SF70H at Fiorano on Friday.
Ferrari unveiled its new F1 car on Friday before sending it out on-track for the first time at its private test track, with Vettel and teammate Kimi Raikkonen both enjoying laps behind the wheel as part of a filming day.
Speaking after his first run in the car, Vettel said that he was immediately impressed by the SF70H.
“You can see it’s a step forward. You can feel it’s a step forward,” Vettel said.
“It’s fun to drive. The car is quite big. It looks quite strong from the outside, but also the first impression is the right one.
“The conditions are not how they’re gonna be in Australia but today we didn’t have any problems. So it was a good day and a good start.”
All 10 F1 teams have faced a big technical challenge in preparation for 2017 following an overhaul of the technical regulation that will make the cars significantly quicker, resulting in a more aggressive look.
“Clearly a new season is a new challenge, but especially this season with new aero and overall regulations, even more a challenge,” Ferrari technical chief Mattia Binotto said.
“The challenge in F1 is always the same. It’s not just being good, but being the first. Being the first means to develop faster than everyone else. Being faster means to increase the rate of development and really speed up.
“The challenge is now even more than in the past to speed up the development. Whoever has been fast and first in the development will be at the front of the grid at the start in Australia.”
Ferrari will next hit the track in Barcelona, Spain on Monday February 27 with the start of collective pre-season testing.