Sebastian Vettel has said Red Bull made 'good progress' on Friday for the Austrian Grand Prix, even if he did concede they struggled a little too much in FP1.

Vettel finished the day with the sixth best time, a 1m 10.807s, but languished down in 15th in the opening session, when he also had a big moment, running wide out of the final corner and spinning along the grass on the pit straight within inches of the barrier. However, despite two complete 360-degree spins he was able to regain control and continue.

"It wasn't planned," he told reporters, when asked about it at the end of the day. "But obviously once I found myself in the spin I tried to do everything to not to hit the wall, which worked."

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"I think this morning we struggled a little bit too much and this afternoon it was better," he continued. "We have seen that people struggle a little to get the prime tyre - the harder tyre - to work. It should be a different story tomorrow when it is a bit hotter. We made some progress in the afternoon."

Pushed on if it was a harder day than expected, he replied: "Formula 1 hasn't been here for a long, long time. We didn't really expect anything. We knew it would be tough and as I said, we struggled a bit more this morning than we thought. I think this afternoon was a bit more fun though."

The race this Sunday will be Red Bull's first on home soil at the 'Ring, but Vettel said this isn't a source of extra pressure, more extra motivation.

"I think everyone is looking forward to a great weekend. We are not the favourites. We would love to be. But we are not quite there yet," he explained.

"Today was very productive and we seemed to make progress throughout the day," he reiterated. "But if anything the fact it is our home grand prix is an extra motivation [rather than an added pressure]."