Four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel has had his maiden outing as a Ferrari F1 driver in a private test session at Fiorano over the weekend, driving a two-year-old Ferrari F2012.

The former Red Bull Racing driver was blocked by his ex-employers from driving in last week’s post-season test session at Abu Dhabi, and while there was little he would have learned driving a normally-aspirated V8-powered machine, it still gave him the opportunity to get to know senior members of the team and have a seat fitting.

Under Formula 1’s current regulations, teams are permitted to privately run two-year-old cars. Vettel drove in a predominantly white helmet with the Italian message ‘il mio primo giorno con la Ferrari’ (‘my first day at Ferrari’) printed on it.

Image via EuroRacer

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