MONTMELO, SPAIN - MARCH 09: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H on track during day three of Formula One winter testing at Circuit de Catalunya on March 9, 2017 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel finished his winter testing at the Circuit de Catalonia on Thursday with a full grand prix simulation shared out between the morning and afternoon sessions.

The four time world champion completed a total of 156 laps of the Spanish track to record the fastest time overall out of the 13 drivers present.
In addition to the 168 laps he put in on Tuesday, Thursday’s tally of 156 makes a total of 1,508km for the German during this second and final week of testing.

“The important thing is that we have completed a lot of laps and, compared to the same time a year ago, we feel better prepared because of that. At this point lap times don’t mean anything: we followed our programme and made progress but there’s still room for improvement,” he said at the end of the test.

The race simulation took place in two phases – using Soft, Super Soft and Ultrasoft tyres during the late morning before covering a race distance (66 laps) with two sets of Soft tyres and one set of Mediums in the afternoon.

Today it will be Kimi Raikkonen’s turn to take to the wheel of the SF70H for the fourth and final day of winter testing. Then preparations will begin back at base for the first race of the world championship at Melbourne. The cars will leave from Maranello next Thursday.