Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel believes McLaren look like they are the 'ones to beat' following opening practice today for the F1 2011 Italian Grand Prix, although he did add that he is 'satisfied' with his RB7.
Vettel had to settle for the third best time this morning in opening practice, 1.3 seconds off the pace set by Lewis Hamilton, and while the German bounced back this afternoon and just edged the Englishman for P1, he remained second on the combined times, just over a tenth adrift.
“It was an interesting day. It's a track that traditionally doesn't suit us, but we were happy with the car today,” Vettel said. “McLaren look very quick in particular and the ones to beat this weekend.
“But it's very difficult to judge on a Friday as so many factors are involved. We had no problems today, so we're satisfied.”
Team-mate Mark Webber was also pretty pleased, and he posted the fourth best time in FP1 and the sixth best in FP2.
“That was pretty good. We've got a lot to go through regarding downforce and gear ratios, it's a pretty tricky venue in that regard,” added the Aussie. “The two different tyre compounds are behaving pretty well, we did most of our work in P2 on the option tyre.
“We re-adjusted a few things following the camber setting guidelines for this race. Set-up here can be interesting, as it's a compromise between grip for corning and straight-line speed.
“Seb and I ran different programmes today, so we'll put that info together tonight,” Webber concluded.