The 120 laps Sebastian Vettel drove today, brings the total completed by the Ferrari SF71H over what was effectively just a three-day session to 298, equivalent to 1387.19 km.
After yesterday’s snowfall, temperatures were very definitely on the up today at the Catalunya Circuit: at the end of the session, there had been a high of 12.7° air and almost 15 on track, but damp conditions in the morning still affected the work.
It explains why, during the first few hours, Seb used wet weather Intermediate tyres, before switching to new and used Softs for the rest of the day. The final part of the session was given over to long runs, which yielded a best lap during these tests of 1:20.241.
“The afternoon wasn’t exactly ideal,” commented Vettel, “because of the track conditions and also a bit of time lost in the garage to sort out a few details. I’d have liked to have driven more, but we can do that next week, when we will start to get a clearer picture.”
The team also did some pit stop practice. Testing resumes on Tuesday 6th March, running through to the 9th.