Vettel happier but hesitant in Shanghai
13 April 2012 – Sebastian Vettel was content following the opening pair of Friday practice sessions ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, winding up third behind Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. At the same time, the World Champion was making no solid predictions as he is fully aware of the persistent McLaren threat.
“It is tight between the cars,” the German began. “I haven’t seen everything, but I think overall we can be quite happy. We tried a lot of things today and now we need to go through everything and see what the best setup is.
“If you look at the car, you can see a big difference compared to the se-up we used for Malaysia, but driving it’s hard to say, as I don’t have a comparison to this track. It’s cooler here than at the last two races; I felt more comfortable, but we’ll see. It’s tricky to say if we look competitive. McLaren look good in all conditions.”
The day ended in fourth place, three tenths slower, for team-mate Mark Webber.
“We’ve got a lot of stuff to go through tonight and will continue to find out more tomorrow and on Sunday,” the Australian reported. “We’ve come from a track that’s 50˚C to a cooler circuit so we have more grip here which helps, but I think overall that we’re moving in the right direction.”
In 2009, Red Bull Racing celebrated its first ever Grand Prix victory in China as Vettel led Webber home to a one-two finish in appalling weather conditions. More rain, but of a lighter nature, is possible for this weekend.