Sebastian Vettel: “Overall it was a good day”

Sebastian Vettel - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel was happy with the way his Friday panned out at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, as the Scuderia Ferrari driver finished fastest in second practice.

The German had set the second fastest time in the opening session, just 0.079 seconds adrift of Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team racer Lewis Hamilton, but then took the fastest time in the second session, 0.004 seconds ahead of the Briton.

Vettel knows that Friday means very little in terms of the weekend, but admitted that he felt comfortable behind the wheel, and felt the lap times were promising as well, which could bode well for the Italian team this weekend in Mexico City.

“Overall it was a good day: the car seems to work, not only judging from the result but also as an overall feeling,” said Vettel. “The pace was there not only for one lap, but for all the laps we have completed.

“Also, we were always ahead of schedule leaving the garage, which is not always the case. For sure it is nice to be first in the time sheets, but this doesn’t mean anything on Friday. If we are in the same position tomorrow afternoon, then we can be happy.

“Anyway, I felt that I was in Mexico city, not on the race track, with all the traffic! I think everybody was fighting with the same problems, trying to make the tyres last, especially the Supersofts.

“I didn’t have successive laps because I had so much traffic, but overall the pace was good, which is the most important thing. I think we can still improve for tomorrow and go from there.”