Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has said he is feeling 'quite confident' after topping the times Friday in practice for this Sunday's F1 2010 Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Vettel posted his best time - a 1 minute 22.839 seconds - towards the end of the second session and that left him just 0.076 seconds up on the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso.
However with the top five split separated by less than four tenths of a second he is under no illusions. Indeed he thinks it is going to be extremely close this weekend with little between the 'big three'.
"It was quite good today. It's a Friday, so the lap times vary and you don't know what the fuel loads are, but I'm quite confident," Vettel said. "It looks better for us here than it did a year ago. Obviously there is no KERS this year, which helps us. We need to be patient and we'll see the true pace tomorrow.
"McLaren is extremely quick and their cars went off a couple of times, so I don't know if they had a clean afternoon. Ferrari was quick in the afternoon too, it will be tight. It's a short lap here with a lot of short straights and not so many corners – the gap between cars will be very small."
Team-mate Mark Webber meanwhile finished the day sixth in the sister RB6, his best effort a 1m 23.415s. However he did not set a truly representative time after a loss of water pressure meant he had to park his car and sit out the final 20 minutes of FP2.
"I lost water pressure in P2 and had to stop the car, which compromised our running a little bit, but we still got some very good information today," Webber maintained.
"The car is going pretty well. I have to find a little bit of lap time myself, but the car is performing and I'm quite happy. We'll see how we go tomorrow, but we're in the ballpark which is nice."