Sebastian Vettel has played down expectations after topping the opening test session of the season at Jerez.
Vettel was fastest on his first day with new team Ferrari, topping the timesheets with a best lap of 1:22.620 at the wheel of the SF15-T, despite losing time early in the day to a telemetry issue.
“Today was a good start,” he said. “I can’t say more than that, because this is only the beginning.
“Everything is different, even the philosophy behind the car, when compared to what I was used to. But I immediately felt at ease within the team and the guys gave me a very warm welcome.
“For now, lap times aren’t important: I did mine on the medium compound, but the comparison has to be made yet again with the Mercedes. They are very quick, let’s just hope they are not quite as fast as last year.”
New Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene shares Vettel’s cautious stance, insisting the Maranello-based squad must temper expectation.
“This is only the beginning and at this stage, lap times are all relative,” he said. “We are just getting on with it for now and I’d rather emphasise the work done by the team, who seem to me to be very motivated, which I am very pleased about.
“I say ‘well done’ to Sebastian, but we have to keep in mind that our rivals, especially Mercedes, must not be underestimated.”
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