Parabolica not quicker, claims Vettel
5 September 2014 – Sebastian Vettel claims Monza's Parabolica is no quicker than it was in previous years, despite the arrival of a tarmac run-off area.
The safety-based change has seen the once entire gravel trap largely replaced, with drivers edging over the white line in Friday practice.
But Vettel says there is little difference after testing the limits.
"It's not quicker," said the Red Bull driver. "That's what practice is for. Parabolica has changed so I was trying to see how greedy you can be."
Vettel finished sixth and seventh in the opening pair of practice sessions, but the reigning World Champion feels progress can be made overnight.
"Today was a good day in terms of laps that we could do and stuff that we could test," Vettel said. "It's always important to get the Friday right to build onto for the rest of the weekend. I felt a bit happier than previously.
"It was very slippery. Obviously these cars are very low on grip, plus there's the fact that you have minimum downforce. We didn't have any big problems, but there are issues with the car so we could do a little better."
Vettel's team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, placed 10th in FP2 after a morning plagued by technical trouble.