Formula 1 2019: Sebastian Vettel confident of Ferrari building on successful practice session
Sebastian Vettel said Ferrari can improve on their strong performance in Friday's second practice at the Brazilian Grand Prix where they were first and second.
'I’m confident of a step forward,' said Vettel, who finished on top ahead of Charles Leclerc
In a swipe at Max Verstappen, who suggested Ferrari had been cheating, Vettel added that such claims were sad
Leclerc, who is set to face a 10-place grid penalty, said he was satisfied with Friday's running`
Sao Paulo: Sebastian Vettel said Ferrari can improve on their strong performance in Friday's second practice at the Brazilian Grand Prix where they were first and second.
The German four-time champion, who was fastest ahead of Charles Leclerc, said: "The car was decent today, but we can improve. I’m confident of a step forward."
"In the race, it will be difficult because others are quite a bit faster than us, but that’s pretty much in line with the picture we’ve seen in the last couple of races so I’m not surprised," he added.
"I think we can work on ourselves and be in better shape for tomorrow. We do our homework from now and see where it takes us."
In a swipe at Dutchman Max Verstappen of Red Bull, who suggested Ferrari had been cheating after their performance slumped at the United States Grand Prix, he added that such unconfirmed claims were sad.
"It’s a bit sad that generally opinion swings so quickly nowadays and it doesn’t take much — it takes one and a half hours and everything is completely different and it takes one race only to make that up," said Vettel.
"But I think the main thing for us is to focus on ourselves and hopefully give the right answer on the track."
Leclerc, who is set to face a 10-place grid penalty for Sunday’s race after taking a new engine, said he was satisfied with Friday's running in challenging wet and then dry conditions.
"It was a positive day in general, even though the conditions were quite tricky," he said. "But it’s the same for everyone and I think we were quite competitive. So, that’s good and now we look forward to tomorrow."
Formula 1 2021: Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas beats teammate Lewis Hamilton to take pole at Portuguese GP
Red Bull's Max Verstappen, one point off Hamilton in the drivers' standings, took third on Sunday's grid with his teammate Sergio Perez alongside him on the second row in Portimao.
Bottas, who has been with the team since 2017, has yet to finish a race this season ahead of either teammate and world champion Lewis Hamilton or Red Bull's Max Verstappen.
Hamilton pushed his Mercedes to a flying lap of 1 minute, 16.74 seconds. Verstappen in his Red Bull was only 0.03 seconds behind