Vettel: Ferrari better than practice display
26 May 2016 – Sebastian Vettel is adamant that Ferrari has a competitive car at the Monaco Grand Prix, despite a low key start to the weekend.
Vettel hit the wall twice en route to ninth in Thursday's second practice session, two places behind team-mate Kimi Räikkönen.
Daniel Ricciardo set the pace for Red Bull, over 1.5s up on Vettel's time, with the Mercedes drivers following in second and third.
"I certainly tried a lot!" Vettel joked after the session.
"Not everything worked, so it was a bit of a scrappy day, but overall it's OK. I think the pace is in the car, but I struggled a bit to get it out today."
Asked if he is concerned that Ferrari is now third in the pecking order, Vettel replied: "No. I think in the end it's only Thursday and it's difficult to say what people did.
"I don't think we're where we belong in the standings.
"Today it was not the main focus to rank high up. We didn't have a good day. We tried a couple of things and it's fair to say some of them didn't work."
Vettel also brushed aside suggestions that negative pressure is building up at Ferrari, which has not won a Formula 1 race since last year's Singapore Grand Prix.
"There's always pressure, a desire to do well," he said.
"You could call that pressure, but it's also the reason why we're here [competing in Formula 1]. We're not here to finish eighth or to finish fifth, we're here to win."