Date published: November 16 2019
Sebastian Vettel believes that Ferrari can make a “step forward” in time for qualifying on Saturday if they do their “homework” overnight.
The German driver topped FP2, less than half a tenth quicker than his team-mate Charles Leclerc, but believes there is more to come from the Italian team.
“The car was decent today but we can improve. I’m confident of a step forward,” Vettel said after the session.
“In the race, it will be difficult because others are quite a bit faster than us but that’s pretty much in line with the picture we’ve seen in the last couple of races so I’m not surprised.
“I think we can work on ourselves and be in better shape for tomorrow. We do our homework from now and see where it takes us.”
Ferrari, who again seem to be far quicker than their rivals in a straight line, have been accused of cheating by Max Verstappen and others for this reason, something that Vettel finds “sad”.
“It’s a bit sad that generally opinion swings so quickly nowadays and it doesn’t take much, it takes one and a half hours and everything is completely different and it takes one race only to make that up,” he added.
“I think the main thing for us is to focus on ourselves and hopefully give the right answer on the track.”
Leclerc meanwhile will start the race on Sunday 10 places further back than where he qualifies due to an engine penalty, but the 22-year-old was pleased with Friday running.
“It was a positive day in general, even though the conditions were quite tricky,” he said.
“It’s the same for everyone, and I think we were quite competitive, so that’s good, and now we look forward to tomorrow.
“We will need to anticipate the track evolution and the setup of the car to try and be as strong as possible on Sunday when it matters.”
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