Although just a Friday, Sebastian Vettel feels his Scuderia Ferrari team showed a good turn of speed at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, with the German finishing third fastest in second practice.
Vettel also finished fourth in the opening session, and having run the updated Ferrari power unit for the first time after the manufacturer utilised it’s last three engine tokens, and is looking to crank it up a notch during Saturday’s running.
“It’s Friday after all, which means it’s not the most important part of the weekend, even if it’s important that we ran and that we had a decent speed,” said Vettel.
“In general the car feels good, but we still need to improve from where we are, we need to make it feel good in every corner and bring it together; but other than that, the first impression is positive.
“We have a new engine, so I think it’s doing what it is supposed to do. Obviously on Friday you try a lot of different things, so we need to wait until tomorrow and Sunday to see where we are. Now we need to improve the car, focusing on ourselves.”
Vettel is happy that a new contract has been signed for Monza to remain as the host of the Italian Grand Prix for a further three years, with the German feeling Formula 1 needs Monza on its calendar.
“It’s really good news that Monza will stay for another three years,” said Vettel. “We need this track in the calendar, it’s fantastic. Monza means history, tradition, racing…”