Sebastian Vettel: “We can be quite satisfied”

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the afternoon session at Monza today but unusually he was only second overall, as Lewis Hamilton did a quicker lap in the morning.

Nevertheless Vettel and Red Bull have looked good all day, and any fears the team had of being overshadowed on the fastest track on the schedule appear to have been allayed.

“It was an interesting day,” said the German. “Obviously it’s a track that usually doesn’t suit us, but today I was pretty happy with the car. McLaren looks very quick in particular, and it’s difficult to judge on Friday, it’s always a bit of a mess with traffic, so it’s hard to judge the raw lap time you see at the end of a day on a piece of paper. But the car felt good and we had no problems. We can be quite satisfied.”

Asked about his good times on older tyres over a long run, Vettel said: “I don’t know, maybe we had more fuel on board. The car felt good all day, and then it doesn’t matter how much fuel you have.”

McLaren had a visibly bigger rear wing than most rivals today, and Vettel admitted that his team would discuss whether it is a better route..

“We’ll see. Obviously we saw that everyone is more or less in the same ballpark except McLaren. We’ll have to take a deeper look, and see how quick they really are, and then make our decision.”

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