Motorsport Week  |    19 April 2017

Sebastian Vettel: 'Electrical blackout' in garage hindered Ferrari at F1 test


Sebastian Vettel has revealed that a loss of power to Ferrari’s garage compromised the team’s run plan during in-season testing in Bahrain on Wednesday.

Vettel, having conducted tyre testing in association with Pirelli on Tuesday, carried out Ferrari’s normal development programme at Sakhir, but was hindered with technical glitches in the morning.

Vettel returned to action in the afternoon, but was restricted by an “electrical blackout” to Ferrari’s garage at Sakhir, as he amassed only 67 laps compared to the 143 completed by Valtteri Bottas.

Vettel eventually wound up second to Mercedes rival Bottas, setting a best time of 1:31.574 on the Soft tyres.

“It would be nice to have done even more,” Vettel said of his time in the SF70-H.

“But today we had a few little problems in the morning, which is normal for testing.

“Then, in the afternoon, we lost some time when there was an electrical blackout in our garage

“In any case, driving this car is always a pleasure; the times don’t mean much, given we don’t know what programmes the others are running.”

Vettel currently leads the Drivers’ standings, having taken victory in Australia and Bahrain, opening a seven-point lead over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.



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