Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel admitted that he was lucky to escape so lightly after a strange issue caused his SF70H car to suddenly shutdown during the second practice session ahead of the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel said there were no warnings before the car just shut down, as he was cresting the final hill and luckily was able to put the car into neutral and freewheel back to pitlane:
“Some sort of glitch all of a sudden, everything was dark. We were lucky we could recover with the issue happening late in the lap, we were lucky to recover and get some laps in the end.” – Sebastian said at the end of the session, as reported by Italian national sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport.
The Scuderia Ferrari engineers were able to get the SF70H car back to the Ferrari garage and check it over. For the moment no immediate cause for the shutdown was found, but Seb is not worried: “We saw after there was no damage, but we don’t know yet. I’m sure we can fix it and it won’t be a problem. Nowadays cars are just not cars, there’s a lot of technology and software involved, so I think something went wrong on that side.” – the Germain driver added.
Apart from this minor problem, Sebastian did not encounter any other issues, but says that he still needs to find the right setup and balance, as he continues the preparations ahead of the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix: “Today was not the best day for us, we still need to improve the car. The car feels good on one lap, I think it was quite okay. Long run I think we might be a bit behind, but I think we can improve for tomorrow.” – Scuderia Ferrari’s German driver concluded.