Sebastian Vettel: “I think we can improve overnight”

Sebastian Vettel - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Sebastian Vettel finished third fastest in both free practice sessions on Friday, but feels his Scuderia Ferrari team need to work hard to improve their car for the rest of the weekend at the Hungaroring.

The German finished 1.644 seconds down on the pace of Lewis Hamilton in first practice, but although he closed the gap down to 0.913 seconds in the second session to pacesetter Nico Rosberg, Vettel was unhappy with his day, and is looking to improve the set-up of his SF16-H ahead of Saturday’s running.

“Today I think we lost a bit of time in the beginning,” said Vettel. “Obviously with the red flag it was not ideal, we had to come in a couple of times, re-programme the car and go out again.

“The good news is that we were able to fix it, but I lost a bit of the rhythm. After this the car felt fine, but I think we can improve the set-up for tomorrow, and then we should have a better balance in the car.

“We need to be better in sector 1, 2, 3, I don’t think that there is one sector that stands out. I am not entirely happy with the balance yet, so naturally if everything comes more together I think we can improve overnight and so we will be better in all three sectors.”

Despite his disappointing day, Vettel admitted he does not value Friday’s track time on circuit, believing the important parts of the weekend come on Saturday and Sunday.

“Today is Friday, and I don’t value Friday that much,” said Vettel. “We look at ourselves, here and there we need to improve, and then go from there. Tomorrow is a new day.”