Sebastian Vettel predicts a close qualifying despite thrashing field in Practice Two
World Champion ended Practice Two half a second clear of pack
By Pete Gill
Last Updated: 07/09/13 11:06am
Picking up where he left off in Belgium, the World Champion appeared to be in a class of his own during Practice Two for the Italian GP as he laid down a lap of 1:24.453 to leave the chasing pack trailing in his wake. Nevertheless, Vettel is convinced that the full speed of the RB9 has yet to be extracted.
"We will have to work, we have two or three things we have to find a step in. Even though the car was great, there were still two or three corners where the car was sliding," championship leader Vettel told Sky Sports F1.
The German has only claimed pole position once since the infamous Malaysian GP at the start of the season but will start Saturday's session the hot favourite to prevail with closest championship rivals Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton ending P2 nearly nine-tenths behind the dominant Red Bull.
However, with Hamilton's typically-sluggish Friday pace repeatedly proving deceptive this season - while Vettel may have set the Friday pace at each of the last three GPs, Hamilton has claimed pole on each occasion - the Red Bull driver is taking nothing for granted.
"I'm sure it will be very tight. I think it will be close tomorrow in qualifying with many cars within a few hundredths," Vettel predicted.
"Of course, I would be lying to you if I told you it was a disaster. It was positive, but still, it's only Friday. It was a good day but we have to keep our feet on the ground."