Sebastian Vettel reveals that the experience he has already had at Circuit Zandvoort was useful after missing a bigger part of FP1.
Friday did not start well for the Aston Martin driver as he had to end the session earlier than intended – his car suffered an engine failure. However, he had a good recovery in FP2 and finished 10th in the session. The German believes that his previous experience at the race track was of great help on Friday.
“I think overall it was a decent afternoon. We had some catching up to do and I had to get into the rhythm quick, but it helps that I’ve been here many years ago and they didn’t change too much of the track, which is good news,” Vettel said.
“The bits they changed, I think they changed for the better; I think it’s very exciting with the banking. Not quite clear which line to take yet but I’ll have a little bit of time tomorrow.”
Vettel supposes that the team can improve even more in the next sessions.
“I mean… we couldn’t complete a [flying] lap – but I think it should be OK tomorrow. I think we still have some bits that we can improve in the car. I feel I’m not yet quite there from a driving point of view. The car I think can be improved, so we should be able to make a step. Hopefully, the others are not able to do that, and we’ll see where we are.”
Friday practices were interrupted three times due to incidents, so Vettel thinks he is not far away from his opponents in terms of on-track time.
“Well I didn’t have any driving, so I caused the majority of the red flags, so it wasn’t that hard for me. But in the afternoon, it helped, the first one [caused by Lewis Hamilton], because I wasn’t out yet… which wasn’t too bad as we were just in the box anyway. For us, the red flags didn’t affect us, but, I also caused it.”