Sebastian Vettel says he’s surprised by how much the new F1 rules have slowed this year’s cars down.
The combination of reduced downforce due to the double-diffuser ban, increased weight and switch to Pirelli tyres has increased lap times.
Vettel said: “I think if anyone in the pit lane has a better car than we did at the end of last season, then for sure we have a problem.
“Generally just looking at the cars you can’t really compare them to last year. I was surprised that we were slower than last year but weren’t terribly slower.
“The car feels good, feels similar as it felt last year.”
Vettel was quickest in today’s test by over a second but only did 37 laps in the RB7 after a technical problem.
He said: “Unfortunately, not many laps today. We had a longer break than expected.
“Nothing actually broke, at a test if you think there may be a problem, it’s better to take the car apart, rather than continue.
“The boys were flat out and did their best. But overall we got some good runs in., not as many as we would like but we have tomorrow.”
Quotes and additional reporting by Leandra Graves
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