Red Bull continues to struggle for top speed
7 September 2012 – As expected, Red Bull endured a trying Friday at Monza. Having already struggled for top speeds last time out at Spa, both Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel encountered the same difficulties en route to only 11th and 13th positions in second free practice.
“We’re working hard, but we’re not there yet,” admitted Webber, who was the quickest of the two Renault-powered cars. “We were a bit more competitive on the longer runs in practice today. We’re not normally the Friday World Champions, so we’ll do some work now for tomorrow. We often find a good step ahead of qualifying.”
There was a similar reaction from his team-mate.
“I think, overall, we are not as quick as we would like to be, so there’s still work to do,” Vettel began. “I think we are more competitive in race trim, but we aren’t where we want to be yet in terms of true pace. We ran through our entire programme, so we’ve got a lot of information to go through and learn from.”
Last year, Vettel surprised himself by claiming pole position and victory in Italy.