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 already underway.”
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.