Vettel, Stroll happy after positive FP2 session

SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA – JULY 02: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on July 02, 2021 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel showed very strong in the second practice session of the Austrian GP. Both drivers finished in the top five.

It’s a real ‘resurrection’ of the British F1 team that finished 8th and 12th at the Styrian GP last week and didn’t really look satisfied. When asked if they would do better this weekend, Vettel answered optimistically:

“It’s Friday. Maybe we were a little more aggressive than other people. But it’s definitely good, we’ll take it. We tried a couple of things as well, so let’s see tomorrow. Different conditions this weekend. Hopefully we’ve done our homework in the time in between races and we’re a bit stronger this weekend.”

The German is now hoping for a better qualifying this weekend after being knocked out in Q2 last week.

“Last Saturday wasn’t that good, so hopefully tomorrow we have a better day. We need smooth runs, and the aim is to go as high up as possible Q3 is what we are aiming for which is the top 10.”

Lance Stroll, on the other hand, made it into the top 10 in qualifying and finished P4 in today’s FP2. The Canadian isn’t sure exactly what that means though:

“It felt pretty good out there not sure what the others are up to though.”

“It was an eventful morning, but a smoother afternoon. Overall, we got some good laps in today and learnt a lot, so I look forward to tomorrow.”

The new tire compound, which is softer this week, was noticed immediately, said Stroll:

“It’s definitely different from last week. I think it’s great Pirelli brought a different tire, it mixes things up, behaves a little differently.”

“It feels good on the softer compounds and might mix up strategy a bit for the race too, which would be cool. As you can see it’s a tight pack. We don’t know on Friday what everyone is doing, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”

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