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Sebastian Vettel was not deterred by a number of teething problems during his latest day of pre-season testing on Sunday.

Vettel completed 76 laps of the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday but spent a large chunk of the afternoon in the garage as the team made planned changes to components amid set-up work and tyre testing. Ferrari has yet to complete a race simulation but insists that is in keeping with its original plan for the three pre-season tests.

"I can say that we have focused mainly on the car's reliability, completing some long-runs, and testing various settings and tyre configurations," Vettel said. "We could not run as much as we'd like, but at this stage of winter testing there are always some teething problems you have to deal with. Overall, I can confirm that my feeling with the car is positive and now I'm looking forward to the next week of testing."

Vettel was on track behind Fernando Alonso when the McLaren driver veered off the track and crashed into the barrier. Alonso is being kept in hospital overnight as a precaution but was uninjured in the accident.

"I'd like to wish Fernando a quick recovery," Vettel said. "Luckily, we have already received some good news, so I hope he we'll be back in top form at next week's test."

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