Sebastian Vettel ended Friday practice sitting third fastest on the timing screens, but feels that he knows what to do to improve heading into the rest of the weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The German had been edged into second place by 0.198 seconds by championship rival Lewis Hamilton in the morning session, but despite going faster in the afternoon, he slipped to third, 0.265 seconds down on team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and 0.050 seconds behind Hamilton.
Vettel admitted to fighting with his SF70-H early on during the session but worked well to find a better set-up, and feels the rest of the weekend promises to be another strong one as he aims to continue his run of podium finishes to seven.
“Today I was fighting with the car at the beginning, but in the end I understood what we needed and what we had to do,” said Vettel. “Tomorrow should be a better day.
“It was an interesting session. The track was slippery and very dirty this morning. We try to do our best, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. But in the end we found the right direction.
“So we’ll see what tomorrow brings, but I am confident it will be better. We focus on what we have to do. We could have had a better session today, but hopefully we’ll have it tomorrow.”