Sebastian Vettel was pleased with the performance of his Red Bull on Friday in Singapore, a far cry from the difficulties of Monza. The tight, bumpy Marina Bay circuit appears much more suited to the RB8’s strengths and Vettel took full advantage, topping both practice sessions this evening.
The world champion is refusing to get ahead of himself but feels encouraged by the performance in single-lap and race spec.
“This is a tough circuit for drivers and cars. Overall we can be happy with today, but let’s see what we do tomorrow, it’s still Friday and today’s results are not so conclusive as some drivers got stuck in traffic etc. Most important is that the car seemed to work on either tyre, so we go from there. The kerbs have been changed this year, which is an improvement.”
Teammate Mark Webber ended the day in fourth place, six tenths down on Vettel, and although he was also staying cautious, the Australian is confident they’re in better shape than in previous races.
“The second session was useful today. I had a good feeling with the car and we seem to be more competitive here. We need to keep chipping away, also because the track will change a bit by tomorrow, so we need to be ready for that, but a solid start. I think we can be strong on Sunday, we need to execute a clean Saturday first, but so far so good.”