Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel dominated proceedings in dry weather in the second free practice session ahead of the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix but remains wary of Red Bull’s “very fast” pace in mixed conditions, following a disrupted day of running. The four-time Formula One world champions held a six-tenths advantage over Scuderia Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in the dry second session, which was truncated by Romain Grosjean’s accident, but Red Bull led the way in the damp opener, earlier in the morning.
Max Verstappen headed team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on Intermediate tyres, the pair regularly swapping positions, with the quickest non-Red Bull driver, Fernando Alonso, 1.6s behind the Dutchman. The weather forecast indicates that further rain could affect running on Saturday and Sunday, and Sebastian Vettel is keeping in mind the pace displayed by Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo:
“I don’t know what [Red Bull] did this morning but they looked very fast in the mixed conditions, damp, wet, with the Intermediate tyres. But there wasn’t an awful lot of running. Overall, I think it’s been a decent day, a bit mixed. With the morning there are a couple of things to understand, the afternoon maybe a little bit better. It is Friday afternoon, so things can change, we will see what tomorrow brings.” – the German driver explained, as reported by the Italian media at the end of the second practice session.
It’s always a bit more straightforward in the dry. This morning was a bit more mixed. This afternoon we didn’t get the running that we wanted due to the red flag, apart from that it was OK. Still some things we must improve.” – Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel concluded on Friday, ahead of the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix.