Sebastian Vettel has said that his dominance in second practice for the Singapore Grand Prix came as a surprise. The Red Bull Racing driver finished the final session of the day in first place, six tenths faster than team-mate Mark Webber.
The German looking in a league of his own around the Marina Bay Street Circuit, performing strongly in the first practice session as well. However, he thinks Mercedes will bounce back and challenge in qualifying.
Talking in a team statement after second practice he said: “It was quite busy; it’s pretty hot out there, good fun and a nice place, but for all of us it’s quite hard work. The time we set was a surprise today, I got a good lap in, but I don’t think it’s completely representative. We seem to be quick, but I think Mercedes will be very strong in qualifying tomorrow.”
Commenting briefly on his first impressions of the newly re-profiled turn 10, the triple world champion said: “I think Turn 10 is the best solution we have with the space that’s available.”
Team-mate Mark Webber is happy with his day’s work, saying he found a decent set-up during the two 90 minute sessions: “We got most of the work done today that we planned to. It’s an easy venue to not get what you want, but in the end I think we’ve got a reasonable set-up.”
However, he feels that there is room for improvement on the longer runs: “We’ve got work to do on the long run and also on the short run, you can’t neglect that. We won’t count our chickens yet, but it was a smooth day.”
The Aussie finished both sessions in second place and had a few close encounters with the Armco barriers, one of which saw his right-rear make contact with the wall at turn 21. He proved to have the advantage over Vettel on the medium compound rubber but failed to match his pace on the super-soft.
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