Ferrari programme hit by garage power cut
19 April 2017 – Sebastian Vettel has revealed that Ferrari's day-two programme at the post-Bahrain Grand Prix test was hindered by a garage power cut, as the team struggled for mileage.
Vettel spent the majority of the morning session in the pit lane, with Ferrari mechanics working through technical issues, before the 'electrical black-out' impacted his afternoon running.
He nonetheless brought his lap tally up from nine laps to 64, improving his time to a 1:31.574 in the closing stages, some three-tenths shy of pace-setting Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.
Vettel had spent Tuesday carrying out development work for Pirelli.
"It would be nice to have done even more laps," reflected Vettel.
"But today we had a few little problems in the morning, which is normal for testing and then, in the afternoon, we lost some time when there was an electrical black-out in our garage."
He added: "In any case, driving this car is always a pleasure, while the lap times don't mean much, given that we don't know what programmes the other teams are running."
Vettel leads the Drivers' standings after the first three races, seven points clear of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, having won in Australia and Bahrain, and finished second in China.