Sebastian Vettel says he wasn't happy with his short runs on Friday in practice for this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.
Vettel endured what he described as a 'tricky day' overall, spinning in FP1, and finishing ninth, just ahead of team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen. Both Ferraris improved in the afternoon, but only to seventh and eighth, although less than three tenths separated them from the Williams' and Red Bulls ahead in positions 3 through to 6.
“I think it [Williams pace] is genuine. It will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow, normally they are a little bit down on a Friday because they run less power,” Vettel said.
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“[For me] it was a tricky day - very slippery and very hot, and I think everybody was struggling with the tyres. It was a bit difficult to find a rhythm, but on the long run it was a bit better for us. I haven't seen what the others are doing, but I felt a bit more confident with more time and laps in the car.”
Asked why Ferrari didn't push in FP1, Vettel replied: “We were pushing to the maximum, but maybe we were not quick enough. As I said, it was a bit of a tricky day and we tried a lot of things and now we need to go and see what was actually best.”
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“Towards the end of the day I seemed to calm down a bit more and find a rhythm,” he reiterated, “which wasn't the case for the short run and the fast lap – I wasn't very happy.
“But the good news is that the gaps are really close, of course Mercedes seem to be a bit up front as expected, but other than that I think it's very close. If it stays like that I think we have the chance to do well tomorrow.”
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