• Adam Vella

Ferrari still focused on the big picture

Melbourne showed its famous “four seasons in one day” yesterday for the first free practice session for 2016.

Sebastian Vettel didn’t show the impact of the lack of dry weather running, as he missed the narrow window which was not affected by rain during the opening session in Australia. Vettel did not set a timed lap during the first 90 minutes and later placed eighth in the afternoon session, in which Intermediate tyres were used throughout running. "For sure these conditions are not ideal, but in the end what can we do? It is the same for everyone," he said. "Still, I don't think that the day was completely lost: it was good to get at least some laps and to feel the car, but in terms of preparation for the weekend and the race there was not too much to learn." Team-mate Kimi Räikkönen also missed out on dry weather running before placing third in wet conditions. "The car is the same we had in testing, but it was the first time with wet tyres and it seems to be okay," he explained. "Let's see what the weather is going to be like tomorrow, hopefully we can get some dry running, get the car correct and go from there."

"The car we used today was exactly the same configuration we had in the last test, there were no new parts. We already had a good knowledge of the car so there were no surprises.

"It was a shame it rained because that slowed down our programme. We did some laps but we couldn't really push hard. Tomorrow we'll be able to find out a bit more about our performance compared to Mercedes, we'll understand where we are in relation to them. But, there will be other teams in the battle at the front."

Source: GpUpdate, ESPNF1

Saturday’s weather for Melbourne is forecast for morning showers then clearing to a top of 18c and should be dry for the third free practice and qualifying.