Sebastian Vettel described his first run in a Ferrari at Maranello as a "fairytale" and says there is "something very magic" about the team.

Having joined from Red Bull, Vettel was present at Maranello over the weekend and drove a two-year-old F2012 at the Fiorano test track on Saturday. Following his first run in a modern Ferrari F1 car, Vettel described it as a "unique experience" which has left him motivated to try and return the team to the front of the grid.

"Obviously it's been a fantastic day to come here," Vettel told the official Ferrari website. "I remember I've been here a 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 felt fantastic.

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"The possibility to drive the car and get to know the team was a unique experience. Obviously it's a very different colour for me, everybody is dressed in red, everything is red, but it's really something special and I'm very much looking forward to the challenge that we took on for the next years."

And Vettel said following in Michael Schumacher's footsteps had been a special moment for him after beginning work as a Ferrari driver.

"Obviously, it's already winter time so it was quite cold doing some laps but it was a great feeling, it is always enjoyable to be in the car and, again, looking back to the years when I was 11 or 12, trying to look over the fence and trying to see a glimpse of Michael running on the track, well, today I was the one running and saw the tifosi around.

"You know there are a lot of fairytales about Ferrari and how it feels to drive a red car and 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, so there is definitely something very magic and something that happened today which I will never forget."


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I do think that not understanding what Vettel meant there is akin to not understanding the legacy that is Ferrari to F1.
Every true F1 fan has some kind of history with the red team. For some they are the eternal enemies, for other they are the eternal favorites, but i strongly doubt that anybody with an understanding of F1 historical background "just don't care" about them.