Vettel and Webber quietly optimistic
21 September 2012 – Sebastian Vettel topped both practice sessions in Singapore, making the most of his Red Bull-Renault on a tight and twisty, high-downforce circuit. The blue cars have struggled for top speeds at the last two races of rapid Spa and Monza.
“Overall we can be happy with today, but let’s see what we do tomorrow,” Vettel said after leading Jenson Button by three tenths of a second on Friday night.
“It’s still Friday and today’s results are not so conclusive, as some drivers got stuck in traffic, etcetera. Most important is that the car seemed to work on either tyre, so we go from there. The kerbs have been changed this year, which is an improvement.”
As Vettel finished Practice 2 atop the timesheets, Webber was fourth.
“The second session was useful today,” he said. “I had a good feeling with the car and we seem to be more competitive here. We need to keep chipping away - also because the track will change a bit by tomorrow, so we need to be ready for that - but a solid start. I think we can be strong on Sunday, we need to execute a clean Saturday first. But so far, so good.”
Red Bull won in Singapore last year, as Vettel moved himself into the enviable position of being just a single point away from his second world title.