Vettel plays down pace setting time

By on Sunday, February 1, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel has played down expectations despite setting the quickest lap on the opening day of testing at Jerez.

The new Ferrari driver clocked a time of 1:22.620 in the SF15-T to end the session a tenth of a second faster than Sauber's Marcus Ericsson.

It wasn't the perfect start for Vettel, however, as he spent time in the garage due to a telemetry issue.

"Today was a good start. I can’t say more than that, because this is only the beginning," he said.

"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."

Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene expressed his encouragement but also urged a cautious tone.

"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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