Another busy week for Sebastian Vettel, after the celebrations for winning the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix last Sunday, which was the second victory for the Maranello team in the current Formula 1 championship. The Scuderia Ferrari German driver was involved in a testing programme for official tyre supplier Pirelli on Tuesday, and then returned to the circuit in Sakhir the very next day, at the wheel of his SF70H, in order to continue the development of his 2017 Formula One car and to learn as much as possible to maximize the chances of fighting for this year’s F1 world championship following two wins from three races.
Unfortunately, the Scuderia Ferrari driver did not have the easiest of days, losing a lot of time in the pits due to a hydraulic leak during the morning session, after which a data-logging issue affected him in the afternoon session. However, Sebastian still managed to complete 64 laps at the Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday and gathered important data for the mechanics and engineers. Vettel insists times mean very little in testing due to teams running different programmes, although he finished the day second fastest behind Valtteri Bottas from Mercedes. The Maranello team’s driver said he would have liked to have done more laps on Wednesday, especially as the Finn managed 143 laps for the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, which represents more than double than the Ferrari driver:
“It would be nice to have done even more. But today we had a few little problems in the morning, which is normal for testing and then, in the afternoon, we lost some time when there was an electrical black-out in our garage. In any case, driving this car is always a pleasure. The times do not mean much in these situations, given we don’t know what programmes the others have been running.” – Sebastian Vettel said, as reported by the Italian media.