Ferrari says the problem that affected its running during
last week’s opening Formula 1 test is “no cause for concern” after evaluating
the setback at its Maranello base.
Sebastian Vettel came to a halt on the morning of the final
day of the opening test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with Ferrari undertaking
an engine change on the SF1000 thereafter.
Vettel returned to the circuit after lunch to recommence
Ferrari’s test programme.
Ferrari revealed on Monday that the problem was “traced to a
non-structural problem with the lubrication system.
“It’s not a cause for concern and work to correct it is
Ferrari finished as only the eighth-fastest team during a
subdued first test in which senior figures were keen to stress that it adopted
a radically different programme after 2019’s mis-steps.
Vettel insisted that Ferrari has unearthed more downforce with
the SF1000 compared to its predecessor while Charles Leclerc pointed to the
greater set-up flexibility as one step in the right direction.
In looking ahead to the second test Ferrari said that it “will
start working on performance runs”, as well as qualifying and race simulations.
Formula 1’s second three-day test will begin at the Spanish
Grand Prix venue on Wednesday.