It was a bit of an unusual Wednesday at the Catalunya Circuit, as both Scuderia Ferrari drivers had a turn behind the wheel of the SF71H car during the third day of the second week of testing in Spain. The Maranello team completed 115 laps, equivalent to a distance of 535 kilometres. Sebastian Vettel did 66 laps in the morning, the German’s best being a 1’19”541, while Kimi Raikkonen was only able to drive in the afternoon, feeling unwell and staying in his hotel room until lunchtime. The Finn managed 49 laps, with a fastest time of 1’20”242, as he continued with the programme that had been affected by last week’s bad weather. Both men set their best times on the Soft tyres. Tomorrow, testing continues with Sebastian Vettel driving, so that Kimi Raikkonen can make a complete recovery. The Finnish driver will return on Friday, thus bringing the second and final winter test to a close, prior to heading off to Melbourne.
As Formula 1 continues to test with the Halo ahead of the new season, several drivers have spoken of their dislike of the cockpit protection device and for most it is the look of it that they find extremely unappealing. However, Sebastian Vettel thinks that if it saves a life, it is worth it: “I still love to drive at the limit with the world’s fastest cars. And in a Ferrari.” – the four-time Formula One world champions said, as reported earlier today by Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport – “The Halo may not look so good, but the safety aspect weighs more. If someone’s life can be saved by Halo, it has already proven itself.” – Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel concluded.