Sebastian Vettel seemed very confident on the fourth day of the second Barcelona winter testing session. The German has tested a new different rear wing on the SF1000 at the track this morning [new aerodynamic package] which made him end the morning session sixth fastest time and with a small spin at turn Eight without damaging his car as the red flag was raised.
However, the four-time world champion seems to have found several positive aspects of his new car.
Sebastian Vettel: "We would like to be in a stronger position now but the season is very long. The car is a step forward and we know we can improve it so time will tell."
“I feel it definitely improved in the corners especially in fast corners" he added. Nevertheless, team boss Mattia Binotto was very negative saying that Ferrari will start the season behind rivals Mercedes.
"We believe we are not the fastest car at the moment and we believe in lap times we will behind at the start of the season," Binotto said on Wednesday. Anyhow, we never know is that the calm before the storms?!
On the other hand, Mattia Binotto, and Sebastian Vettel had an afternoon press conference that everyone thought that he will declare his retirement from the sport or so, but the story was totally different.
At the press conference, he was asked by the moderator about his continuity with the Italian outfit and if Ricciardo and Sainz will be the option to replace Vettel in case he leaves Ferrari as his contract expires at the end of this season.
"Sebastian is our first choice" - said Binotto when asked.
"We are all aware that his contract will end this year, but soon we will start talking more calmly... I am sure we will come to an agreement very soon," he added.
While the 32-year-old German expressed his feelings saying “I love what I do, it’s exciting to drive such fast cars. Obviously I’m not here to spin, I’m here to win. I came to Ferrari to win the World Cup and we haven’t done it yet. The years have passed, but the desire and determination remain, “