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27 | 02 | 2019 Test Barcelona Montmelò – Media Session Barcelona Test 2

26 | 02 | 2019 Test Barcelona Montmelò – Today was the first day of the final four-day test session at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, prior to the start of the 2019 Formula 1 season. Charles Leclerc was at the wheel of Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow’s SF90 in the morning and Sebastian Vettel drove in the afternoon. Between them, they completed 110 laps.

Checks required. Leclerc spent less time on track than planned, because some checks were required on the SF90’s cooling system. The Monegasque driver did 29 laps, working on set-up and tyre evaluation, before it was time to hand over to his team-mate.

Track conditions different. Charles’ best time was a 1’18”651 and had this to say at the end of his time in the car. “This morning we did fewer laps than planned, but I’m sure we can make up for lost work in the coming days. Track conditions were slightly different today compared to the first test, so it took a moment to adapt to them”.

Seb in. Sebastian Vettel got behind the wheel shortly after 2pm and continued working on the car in different configurations and simulating various race scenarios, including some long runs. The German did a total of 81 laps, with a best time of 1’17”925.

A busy afternoon. “It was a busy afternoon, but it was good to make up for the laps lost in the morning” – commented Sebastian at the end of the day – “We are still trying to understand the car, trying various set-ups. This afternoon, we also had a first go with the supersoft compound, just to get some more information. The next couple of days will be important for us”.

Tomorrow. Testing at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit continues until Friday. Sebastian Vettel will be first in the cockpit of the SF90 tomorrow, before Charles Leclerc takes over for the afternoon.

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2019 02 20 Test Barcelona Montmelò – Sebastian Vettel was back behind the wheel of the Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow SF90 for the third and penultimate day of the first Formula 1 pre-season test. The German completed 80 laps in the morning and a further 54 in the afternoon, thus completing the planned distance on the programme ahead of schedule. So far, the SF90 has done 460 laps here at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit.

Set-up work. Once again, the morning session began with a first run to check all the car components were functioning properly. Then the team got down to set-up work and evaluating tyres, simulating various phases of a race. Vettel set his fastest time a bit before the lunch break, stopping the clocks in 1’18”350.

Positive impression confirmed. Here is what Sebastian said at the end of the day: “It was good to be back in the car today and put some more mileage under my belt. Again, we had a busy day and managed to complete our programme, which included a few new items, compared to Monday. We tried a few things around also focusing on set-up and I can only confirm the positive impression I had on day one. Having now put 303 laps in the bag I feel comfortable to say we are satisfied with how the car is progressing.”

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