The past weekend saw Sebastian Vettel get behind the wheel of a Ferrari F1 car for the first time. Vettel was at Maranello from Saturday until Sunday and has begun his work ahead of the new season. On Monday morning the German driver took part in a meeting with Chairman Sergio Marchionne and the Sporting Department's new Managing Director and Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene, with whom there was agreement about the work that lies ahead for the team in the short and medium term.
Sebastian also met various engineers, among them James Allison with whom he analysed the data gathered on Saturday and Sunday and put together a proper working timetable aimed at bringing Ferrari back up to the required level of performance.
Saturday and Sunday saw two days of intense work, in which Vettel dedicated himself to the track and the simulator. Sebastian lapped the Fiorano circuit in an F2012, completing almost 100 laps to build up confidence with the team and his new seat. Sunday was entirely taken up with simulator work, where Vettel put in some long sessions of driving on the "virtual" F14 T, gaining confidence with its procedures, commands and the power unit's systems.
"Obviously it's been a fantastic day to come here," said Vettel. "I remember I've been here a long time ago as a little child, driving through Maranello and trying to look over the fence, so to be here officially as part of the team felt fantastic. The possibility to drive the car and get to know the team was a unique experience. Obviously it's a very different color for me, everybody is dressed in red, everything is red, but it's really something special and I'm very much looking forward to the challenge that we took on for the next years."
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