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Vettel: First Ferrari test a 'magical' experience

ESPN Staff
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Vettel's first laps for Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel says his first experience of driving a Ferrari was like a "fairytale" after completing his first days of testing at Fiorano.

Vettel was prevented from testing for Ferrari at the post-season Abu Dhabi test last week because of his Red Bull contract but arrived at Fiorano on Firday, where he drove a 2012 car the following day. On Sunday he spent a whole day in the simulator before meeting senior Ferrari figures such as chairman Sergio Marchionne, new team boss Maurizio Arrivabene and technical chief James Allison on Monday.

When his move was announced Vettel spoke about the lure of following in the footsteps of his hero Michael Schumacher at Ferrari and admits his first moments in the car were special.

"There are a lot of fairytales about Ferrari and how it feels to drive a red car," Vettel said. "In the end I can only confirm these fairytales. It's not just a story; it's a true legend that exists. And it feels really, really special to become part of that and to be inside the car, to see the people coming, running to the track and trying to climb the walls to see the car.

"There is definitely something very magical and something that happened today which I will never forget. I remember I was here a long, long time ago as a little child, driving through Maranello and trying to look over the fence. So to be here officially as part of the team, it felt fantastic to have the possibility to drive the car, and get to know the team. It was a unique experience."

Vettel's association with Red Bull stretched back to 1998, when he was signed by the junior team, but he is relishing the new challenge at Ferrari.

"Obviously it's a very different colour for me, everybody is dressed in red and everything is red, but it's really something special and I'm very much looking forward to the challenge we've taken on for the next years."