Vettel: Room for improvement
Sebastian Vettel is still not entirely happy with his RB7 this Friday and asks his team to step up a gear.
It was not enough for best time, though; Sebastian Vettel had to be content with two third places in Friday's practice sessions for the German Grand Prix.
He'll get over it, as beating the clock plays a rather subordinate role at the start of a GP weekend. "It was cold and the track was still slippery," was how the Red Bull driver described conditions in Germany's Eifel region. The rain expected during the day held off, however, and only a few drops came down.
World championship leader Vettel was happy with his workload but wasn't yet completely satisfied with his RB7: "We put in a lot of laps today, and the car seemed okay, but I'm still not 100 percent happy with it. There's still a lot to do. We need to step up a gear and then reassess the situation."
Friday is always the busiest day in view of the work involved in setting up the car, and Vettel added: "There's still a long way to go. We need to get together and see what we can improve. There's still room for improvement."
Vettel was unsure about the notorious Eifel weather later this weekend: "We don't know what Saturday and Sunday will bring as regards weather, simply that rain is expected."
In terms of competition, Vettel once again saw strong Ferraris ahead of him. Fernando Alonso secured fastest time in the first session, and was placed second in second practice, meaning he was in front of Vettel, as had been the case at Silverstone. "Ferrari are again looking very quick and competitive from what we saw today," Vettel concluded.