Scuderia Ferrari sets the pace in Barcelona for week two

With the first session laying down the marker for the Scuderia Ferrari team, it was a green light for F1 Testing session number two. This second F1 session of the season gives fans an idea of just how competitive the Scuderia Ferrari team will be when it comes to Australia later in the month. It was so far so good for the Scuderia Ferrari team who had been impressed with the results of the car development - over 56,000 components and over 1,000 staff members all contributing to give Seb and Kimi the ultimate car to challenge for this season’s F1 championship.

Day One:

Sebastian Vettel: Soft Tyres: 1:19.906 – 168 laps completed

Seb was the first of the two Scuderia Ferrari drivers to jump back behind the wheel of the highly rated SF70-H to get the second pre-season F1 Testing session underway at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The team’s plan was to work on long-run set-up and to further understand the cars behaviour with various types of aero set-up and heavy full loads onboard. Impressively Seb had gone the distance of two Spanish Grand Prix’s again (168 Laps completed) on both the soft and medium tyre compound, clocking the session’s best time of 1:19.906.

Day Two:

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 53 laps, soft tyres

The flying Finn took the track for day 2 of the last pre-season F1 Testing session with a new programme, which would continue testing the capabilities of the new SF70-H and preparing the car for round 1 of the 2017 F1 season.

Kimi ended his day short with him sliding off at turn 3, the same corner that had caught out other drivers out, up and down the Paddock on the same day.

The sunset over the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with Kimi completing 53 Laps on soft, medium and the hard compound tyre and timing his best at 1:20.406.

Day Three:

Seb Vettel, Scuderia Ferrari, 156 Laps - 1:19.024

The penultimate day of pre-season F1 Testing saw an impressive SF70-H and Seb complete another long run, racking up a staggering 156 laps, testing out many different types of tyre compounds – Soft, Ultrasoft and Medium. That means for the week, Seb has totalled 1,508km! Jaw-dropping performance.

The new edition to the Scuderia Ferrari team certainly has proved it’s worth already successfully completed each F1 Testing day so far, faultless. The team has already mentioned that reliability is not a problem, as they look to try and close the gap on their rivals.

We caught up with Seb, “The important thing is that we have completed a lot of laps and, compared to the same time a year ago, we feel better prepared because of that. At this point lap times don’t mean anything: we followed our programme and made progress but there’s still room for improvement.”

The day drew to a close, with the Ferrari team on top of the time sheet too - the day’s fastest time of 1:19.024, which was 3-tenths quicker than the Mercedes Team. On the last day of Testing, the team will hope to lay down some more rubber around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with Kimi stepping into the SF70-H.

Day Four:

Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia Ferrari, 111 Laps – 1:18.634

The fourth and last F1 Testing session got underway at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with Kimi’s last day behind the wheel of the, so far impressive, SF70-H before the Australian GP.

The Scuderia Ferrari team stole the headlines once again as Kimi stormed around the track at recording pre-season’s fastest lap of 1:18.634, some 8-tenths quicker than the Red Bull after completing 111 laps on the day.

The F1 pre-season testing concluded with ‘reliability’ being the key word bouncing around the Scuderia Ferrari garage. Both Seb and Kimi had built up a total of 488 laps, which equals to 2,271.64km!

We caught up with Kimi, “There’s a good feeling with this car and that’s the most important thing. We have been reliable for almost all of these days of testing and that is another good sign of the great work the team has done over the winter. We are starting from a stronger base than last year: but it’s really too early to say how fast the car is compared to the others. Perhaps even Melbourne won’t give a 100 per cent precise picture of the situation, because the first race is always a bit unusual. We might have to wait until China. Either way I’d like to thank everyone in the team, because they have always managed to step in and sort out all the small problems that testing is supposed to resolve.”

The team has done all that they can to try different car set-ups, understand the cars behaviour, gather track data and analyse it. All eyes will now be focused on the season opening Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 24 – 26 for the Australian GP.

There’s a good feeling with this car and that’s the most important thing. We have been reliable for almost all of these days of testing and that is another good sign of the great work the team has done over the winter. We are starting from a stronger base than last year: but it’s really too early to say how fast the car is compared to the others. Perhaps even Melbourne won’t give a 100 per cent precise picture of the situation, because the first race is always a bit unusual. We might have to wait until China. Either way I’d like to thank everyone in the team, because they have always managed to step in and sort out all the small problems that testing is supposed to resolve. Kimi Raikkonen