Sebastian Vettel says it is a shame electrical problems conspired to limit his progress during second free practice for the Russian Grand Prix, admitting he is not as sure how competitive Ferrari is in Sochi as a result.
The Ferrari driver managed just 10 laps in FP2 after coming to a halt on the home straight 30mins into the session, Vettel confirming the SF16-T suffered an electrical issue the team is still investigating.
Though he managed to set the second fastest time of the session during his brief period on track, Vettel says the lack of convincing long run track time means he remains uncertain as to where Ferrari is positioned compared with Mercedes.
“It looks like we had an electronic problem,” he confirmed. “It's a bit of a shame because we are lacking a couple of laps - especially in the long run and race trim - to see how competitive we are. I think Kimi did homework for the team so not too bad. I think also here we know roughly what to expect so I think we can still learn a lot from what other people did.”
Despite the set-back, Vettel – who suffered two spins during FP1 - was staying in an upbeat mood and feels the car was improving as the day continued.
“I think in qualifying trim we still have some stuff to improve, but I think the car was getting better. The track was quite dirty this morning and seemed to come more and more our way so I felt happier as the day continued. Obviously we did some stuff for qualifying, the race we are lacking a bit of information but it shouldn't be too bad.”