Sebastian Vettel has predicted that Saturday’s Korean Grand Prix qualifying session will be a close one between himself and the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Hamilton topped both Friday sessions but Vettel was a close second.
The German finished just 0.037 seconds behind Hamilton in first practice, completing 20 laps, and finished one tenth down on the Brit in practice two. Speaking in a team statement about his day at the office he said: “There is some room for improvement. It will be close with Mercedes; of course we’re not sure what others were doing with their fuel loads today, but it seems close ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying.”
He added: “I like the track here, it’s a shame it’s so far from Seoul, which is a great city, but it’s good coming here as it’s quieter than some other races, which means we can focus on our job.”
Team-mate Mark Webber wasn’t completely happy with his car set-up after the two practice sessions, admitting that there is still work to do. He said: “We need to work on the balance; it’s more about understanding the tyres again and getting those working as well as possible. We need to work on both the short and long run balance, as obviously I’m going to be out of position after qualifying.”
Webber feels that he needs to set his car up for the first sector, which is largely made up of long straights, due to his grid penalty: “We need to have a car which can be strong in the first sector, so we can get some overtaking done.”
The Aussie was third fastest in the morning session before setting the fourth fastest time in the afternoon, completing a tally of 54 laps over the course of the day.
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