The second and last in-season testing session of the 2017 Formula One championship ended with both Scuderia Ferrari drivers back on track at the Hungaroring circuit after last Sunday’s outstanding one-two in the race, which completed a perfect weekend for the Maranello team. German driver Sebastian Vettel took the wheel of the SF70H this morning at 9, and handed over to his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen after a couple of hours, for the Finn to continue the development work. Sebastian completed 47 laps, his best time being a 1’’17’124 on Supersoft tyres, while Kimi then added 60 laps to Ferrari’s total lap count, with a best time of 1’’17’842 on Supersoft tires. As the official website of Scuderia Ferrari informs on Wednesday, it is time for our guys – not only the drivers, but all the team – to have some well-deserved rest during the two-week summer break, in order to get ready for the forthcoming challenges and the second part of the 2017 Formula One season:
“You don’t get a lot of testing over the season, so it was a good opportunity to try a couple of things and get a feeling from the car. Obviously, in such a brief test you are not expecting to turn the world upside down, but it will be useful for the next races and for a better understanding of the car. I think this year we have been strong pretty much everywhere, of course there have been races in which we did not perform at our best; of course there will always differences from track to track, but the purpose of all the work we do is to be in a good shape for the rest of the season. We’ve picked up momentum with the win in Hungary, now it is up to us to keep it going, but I am confident that we have the right people and are going in the right direction. As for my holidays… I haven’t done much planning, I think I’ll just be getting some rest, after all those flights!” – Scuderia Ferrari’s German driver Sebastian Vettel explained.
“We always bring something different, irrespective of where we are and try to learn from it. We had a very good result, as a team, here in Hungary, but we always try to improve further. Today was a normal testing day, but obviously here you have more time and tyres available than you have during a race weekend, so we try to get the best out of it. In the last few races, my feeling with the car has improved consistently, which shows that the new things we’ve brought have helped me drive better and better. Also, I am happy that I could help Charles Leclerc prepare for his test, but then it is fair to say that all the team supported him.” – Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen concluded, as reported by Scuderia Ferrari’s official website.