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Ferrari improving 'day by day' - Vettel

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Sebastian Vettel is unconcerned by his drop down the timesheets in Barcelona on Saturday as he continues to be impressed by the reliability and performance of his Ferrari.

Vettel finished fifth on Saturday, the lowest he or Kimi Raikkonen have finished in a test session all winter, but still accumulated 105 laps.

When asked if the performance is improving, Vettel said: "A little bit. We have to go day by day, it's difficult to say because today was quite cold. Maybe not as good as the days before but then again it's the same for everyone. The most important thing is the car continues to run and without any big problems. For sure there are a little things here and there to work on but it's about really understanding the car and making the right adjustments for the final test and Melbourne as well."

Like the rest of the grid Ferrari expected heavier rain but Vettel said Ferrari had another fruitful day.

"We could do more laps than expected because it didn't rain too much. We didn't really change much on the car. We continued to do a lot of laps and continue to work on reliability, continue to do a lot of laps. In terms of performance, this test is to keep understanding the car, keep putting mileage on it and find the problems."

Vettel's day started with a spin into the gravel trap just four corners into his first lap, something he puts down to over-enthusiasm and the damp conditions. "I was probably not wide awake! It was very crisp this morning, quite cold, and I wanted to see how cold it was and went a little bit too aggressive and just spun. It was my mistake so it was up to me to try and help the team as much as I can, taking some of the gravel out of the car."

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