Sebastian Vettel suspects that there will be a close battle for supremacy between his Red Bull team and rivals at McLaren and Ferrari this weekend in Singapore.
The German, who could wrap up the 2011 drivers’ championship if results go his way on Sunday, was second fastest behind Lewis Hamilton in FP1 but then topped the timesheets in FP2.
“It's a demanding circuit, it's quite warm with the suit etc. and on top of that you have to focus – it's one of the toughest tracks for the mind here,” said Vettel. “I quite like it, but I'm sure no one's jumping out of the car looking better than when they got in. We worked on the set up of the car, but the baseline was not too bad. We still have to make a good step overnight. It looked pretty tight out there today, so we need to wait and see.”
Team-mate Mark Webber was just over a second of the pace of Vettel in FP1 as he finished the session third fastest. He closed the gap to the German in FP2, but finished that session in fifth place.
“It wasn't too bad,” he said. “I need to find a bit more pace, but there's a bit of low hanging fruit which we can grab tonight, which will be good for us. Seb's going alright, so I just need to find a bit more and get into it tomorrow. In Free Practice 1, I had a small incident. I thought Glock was letting me through, but he didn't know I was there, so when we got to the apex, our car's touched.”