F1 »

F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Ferrari a “little too far behind”, admits Vettel

Sebastian Vettel: I would like the gap to be smaller [to Mercedes] and also the gap to be bigger compared to the cars behind.
Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari were a “little too far behind” on Friday in practice for this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the F1 2015 season finale, with Force India “surprisingly quick”.

Vettel ended up fifth quickest in both sessions at the Yas Marina Circuit, trailing the lead Mercedes by almost a second in P1 and by over seven tenths in P2.

He was also 0.107s off Force India's Sergio Perez in third at the end of the day, and 0.070s shy of Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull in fourth.

“All in all it's Friday so I think we can still improve and we have to improve,” Vettel remarked. “We are a little too far behind.

“I would like the gap to be smaller [to Mercedes] and also the gap to be bigger compared to the cars behind. Force India is surprisingly quick and also the Red Bulls, there is a lot of work for us.”

Asked if they can get closer to Mercedes on Saturday, Vettel replied: “I don't know, today is Friday. They looked very quick as usual - unfortunately - but we will try our best.

“I think we can improve ourselves and then we will see where we are tomorrow.”

As for the soft tyre, Vettel reported it was fine: “Yeah it seemed OK, fairly consistent. Obviously we split the work as usual so I am happy to find out what Kimi says but I think we should be reasonably well prepared for Sunday.”

Meanwhile, Vettel added that he started P2 by singing Happy Birthday over the radio to his race engineer Riccardo Adami as he'd forgotten to wish him well earlier on.

“I sort of missed out this morning so I thought I had to come up with something special to make it up,” he remarked.

“I hope it was not distracting, I think my first lap was not stellar! But I think it was OK and he was very happy, it's a very special day so I think he will remember that.”



by Rob Wilkins



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
27.11.2015 - Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
27.11.2015 - Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
27.11.2015 - Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
27.11.2015 - Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
27.11.2015 - Free Practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


tellboy

November 27, 2015 7:53 PM

  •   Reply
  •   0 agree
  •   0 disagree


© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.