Sebastian Vettel admits he is still looking to extract the true potential from the Red Bull Racing RB7 after Friday Practice in Malaysia. The World Champion was tenth this afternoon with his quickest time coming on the prime tyres and he was also heard on the team radio saying that the car was “all over the place” on high fuel.
Vettel revealed later on that he was suffering from a lack of stability and remains unsure as to how quick he will be able to go in qualifying.
“I would love to be a bit higher up this afternoon, but all in all we had decent running today – although there is still a lot to do. The tyres drop off quite quickly here, which is the same for all the drivers, but I think we are sliding quite a bit and I would like the car to be a bit more stable. We made a good step today, the potential is there, but we need to get to it. We will see what we can do tomorrow.”
Teammate Mark Webber was seventh quickest and had a far more straightforward day, getting through all the work he had scheduled.
“We got through our whole program today, which was good and P1 and P2 went smoothly. Obviously it’s a different venue altogether to Melbourne, so understanding the tyres is important here. The rain held off, which is always fortunate and we have plenty of work to go through regarding our car set up and the tyres. In terms of the heat here, it's fine, obviously it’s warm in the car but we come prepared for that.”