Vettel expects much closer qualifying
6 September 2013 – Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel says he is expecting a "very tight" qualifying session for the Italian Grand Prix, despite comfortably topping Friday's timesheets at Monza.
The German, who recorded an effort of 1:24.453 in the afternoon session, finished more than six tenths of a second quicker than team-mate and nearest rival Mark Webber, but he is refusing to get carried away with the performance advantage.
"It will be very tight, as we've seen in first practice," Vettel told reporters after stepping out of the car. "Second practice, if we look at it too much, might be a bit of a distraction. I think it will be close in qualifying, and many cars within a couple of hundredths."
Vettel added that he is still searching for an improved car balance, with the reigning World Champion suffering from increased sliding at certain corners of the track.
"We will try to optimise [the set-up]," Vettel went on to explain. "There are two or three things we need to find a step with for tomorrow. Even though the car was great, there are still two or three corners where I am sliding a bit more than I would like.
"I would be lying if I said today was a disaster. It is positive, but as it’s only Friday."