Sebastian Vettel accepted that Red Bull Racing were short of where they wanted to be after Friday Practice in Italy. The Renault-powered teams struggled in general today with only Kimi Raikkonen getting inside the top ten and Vettel only thirteenth. The World Champion confirmed the team weren’t disrupted at all today and simply must improve tomorrow.
“I think overall we are not as quick as we would like to be, so there’s still work to do. I think we are more competitive in race trim, but we aren’t where we want to be yet in terms of true pace. We ran through our entire programme, so we got a lot of information to go through and learn from.”
Teammate Mark Webber was eleventh but said there was no need for panic, pointing out that Red Bull have languished down the order on previous Fridays this year, and expects them to be much more competitive in qualifying.
“We’re working hard, but we’re not there yet. We were a bit more competitive on the longer runs in practice today. We’re not normally the Friday World Champions, so we’ll do some work now for tomorrow. We often find a good step ahead of qualifying.”