Sebastian Vettel is remaining cautious about his Italian Grand Prix chances despite leading the field by half a second on Friday at Monza. The world champion was untouchable this afternoon but still sees qualifying being a close battle tomorrow.
“It will be very tight this weekend, as we saw in the first practice. It will be close tomorrow in qualifying with quite a few cars separated by only a few hundredths of a second. There are a few things we still need to do to optimise the car, as there are two or three corners where we are sliding more than we would like. It’s positive today, but it’s only a Friday.”
Teammate Mark Webber was second fastest, a tenth clear of Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean but also sounded a note of caution, pointing out that Red Bull were similarly dominant on Friday at Spa only to see their advantage disappear in qualifying.
“We seem okay here, although it’s only Friday. We seemed good on Friday in Spa and then everyone was with us in P3. But, that said, the car feels good although we have some work to do to prepare for the race, so let’s see tomorrow.”