Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel is not worried by the pace of the Red Bulls during Thursday practice for the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, stating that his former team always produces a strong showing in the early rounds of practice.
The Maranello team’s German driver currently sits second in the standings to reigning champion Lewis Hamilton. Following two season-opening victories, the four-time champion lost the points lead thanks to a series of small mistakes and bad luck.
“Can we be quicker than Red Bull? Why not?” said Vettel. “Always on Friday Red Bull looks a bit stronger, so let’s see if it’s the usual. I think we’ve had some Friday practice sessions where they are quick this year. I think for us, we need to look at ourselves, which is what we do and try to do our homework.” – he said.
Despite his claim that Red Bull always turns up the boost for the practice sessions, it is often the case that Scuderia Ferrari sandbags and runs on a lower engine mode. As a result, Sebastian does have reason to be optimistic for the coming weekend — even if his assessment of the situation would seem a little bit backward to most people.
“I was pretty comfortable in the car,” Vettel said. “I was happy today and I could play around even if I was sliding a lot. It is a bit more fun than other circuits. The track is very challenging and you have no room for mistakes. I was sliding a little bit too much. But as long as you know where it is going to end up and how it is going to slide, then it’s fine. I still knew I wasn’t going to touch the barriers. You have to think twice before you drop it and try everything, but I think it’s what it’s about at a street circuit. Now we need to get on top of the sliding and reduce it, then we should be in a good position.” – he explained.