Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel skips first day of F1 season test in Barcelona due to illness … as all drivers are on the start before the start of the 2020 season
- Sebastian Vettel would test Ferrari’s new SF1000 in Barcelona
- After posing for group photos, he left the job unwell
- Charles Leclerc, who would not be in the car until Thursday, took over the duties
- Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas topped the timetables at the Circuit de Catalunya
- Lewis Hamilton takes over the duties of Bottas on Wednesday afternoon
Sebastian Vettel fell ill on the opening day of the Formula 1 test after posing for group photos on the start screen with the other drivers.
The German, four-time world champion, had the honor of driving the new SF1000 first at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, with teammate Charles Leclerc not in the car until Thursday.
“Change of plan: Seb is not feeling well this morning, so Charles will take over the driving duties for the day,” said a spokeswoman for the Italian team.
Sebastian Vettel fell ill on the opening day of the Formula 1 test in Barcelona
The German champion stood next to the other drivers on the starting field
Vettels Ferrari was steered instead by his teammate Charles Leclerc during the test
The test was the first opportunity to see all the new cars on the track together and Vettel joined the other drivers in a photo on the well before the session started on Wednesday morning.
Ferrari said he had left the circuit then.
The Ferrari-driven Haas and Alfa Romeo teams had previously pushed their cars out for a pitlane unveiling of their new livery.
The F1 drivers pose for a photo during the first day of their winter test
The preseason campaign took place on Wednesday at the Circuit de Catalunya
Six-time champion Lewis Hamilton opens his title defense on March 15 in Melbourne
Max Verstappen from Aston Martin Red Bull Racing is testing his cat in Montmelo, Barcelona
The British driver George Russell in the Williams was for the first time in a major improvement compared to last year when the team was unable to get a car on time and eventually turned up three days late.
The Polish Robert Kubica from Poland, the departed teammate of Russell, returned to the job as reserve driver of Alfa Romeo, while the Frenchman Esteban Ocon, who was out for a year last year, was back for Renault.
The rules of 2021 have changed little compared to last year, but a difference was a new decree that forbade teams to hide their cars behind screens in the garages, giving fans a better view in the stands.
Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas topped the timesheets during the opening session
The season begins in Australia on March 15, with just six days of testing before that
The German champion had the honor to drive Ferrari’s new SF1000
Racing Point’s Sergio Perez was the early tempo setter but was taken over by Bottas
After an hour and 45 minutes of the opening session, Valtteri Bottas from Mercedes was at the top of the timesheets.
Bottas’ world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton hopes to match the seven titles of Ferrari-great Michael Schumacher this season.
The season begins in Australia on March 15, with just six days of testing before that.
Vettel, 32, posed for a group photo with all the drivers of the sport before the first test day before he left the course later.
Vettel, 32, posed for a group photo with all the drivers of the sport for the first test day
The British driver George Russell, in the Williams, was on the track for the first time on Wednesday
The Russian driver of AlphaTauri Honda, Daniil Kvyat, is taking part in the tests in Barcelona
Racing Point’s Sergio Perez was the first pace adjuster in Barcelona for Carlos Sainz and McLaren’s Leclerc.
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton will be taken over on Wednesday afternoon from Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.
The first test ends on Friday, with three days running here next week in Barcelona.
Hamilton, the six-time world champion, opens his title defense on March 15 in Melbourne.
Teams are not allowed to hide their cars behind screens in the garages
Lewis Hamilton takes over the Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas on Wednesday