Sebastian Vettel: “Hopefully we can pick up some pace…”

Sebastian Vettel was a little cautious when assessing Red Bull’s prospects after practice in Abu Dhabi today saw Lewis Hamilton outpace the blue cars.

Although Vettel was top in the first session he was beaten to the tune of 0.257s by the McLaren driver in the evening session. As ever there’s a question mark over fuel levels, but Vettel conceded that things are tight this weekend.

“Not bad,” he said after the session. “The car felt obviously very strong early afternoon, tonight a bit different with the conditions. All in all I was pretty happy. I think there is still a bit of lap time to gain, and we need to see. Obviously now we need to analyse the lap times of the other cars, how strong we are compared to them, and then hopefully we’ll pick up some pace and have a good day tomorrow.

“I think we’re up there, we were always pretty close. I think it looks quite good but as expected, tight, I think especially in the late evening Ferrari looked competitive, and McLaren. So as I said, tight as expected, hopefully we can pick up some pace and be ahead tomorrow.”

Asked how he would sleep on Saturday night Vettel joked: “Usually I get tired at night. I don’t know what you do, but usually I get tired and fall asleep…”

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