The learning process continues with the SF16-H
Montmelò, 23 February – On his second and final day at this particular session, Sebastian Vettel completed 126 laps. In essence, the work involved continuing with the learning process relating to the characteristics of the car in various configurations, running different tyre compounds and various fuel loads. Right at the end of this programme, the SF16-H failed to complete its last lap, as it stopped out on track.
Testing continues tomorrow, when Kimi Raikkonen will take over driving for the next two days.
Sebastian Vettel: “So far the first thing that matters is that the car is reacting and doing what I asked for. Now obviously it is crucial that Kimi has a similar impression. About the engine, I can say it is nice to have a bit more sound coming back, it is still not as loud as it could or should be but it is a lot better than it was, now sounds a bit more like Formula 1. We worked on a lot of things, it’s a brand new car, which means there are a lot of new bits and things are in a different place. We tried to understand how the car reacts, obviously we had an idea and certain expectation, but when you run the car on track it is always a bit different, you are then dealing with temperatures, cooling etc. Sometimes you have to stop a bit longer than necessary or than you really want, just to check, other times the driver goes off track, like I did this morning. But these things happen. Overall we are happy, but we know that we need now a lot of mileage, so there is a lot of work ahead of us.”