Vettel: No need for drastic set-up changes
24 November 2017 – Sebastian Vettel believes Ferrari does not need to undertake many changes prior to Saturday's qualifying session in Abu Dhabi, following a competitive display on Friday.
Vettel led the way in first practice at the Yas Marina Circuit before placing second to Lewis Hamilton in the second 90-minute session, which took place in representative day/night conditions.
Vettel's Ultra Soft effort left him 0.149s behind World Champion Hamilton but the German says that Ferrari has begun the weekend in the correct manner.
"This was a good day", said Vettel, a three-time victor of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
"The car and the balance were good and I think we were all very close.
"If we can do the usual step forward on Saturday and improve the car a little bit, then it should be a good day, but I don't think we need to do too much.
"It is important to finish this season in the right way, because the better the result, the better the mood within the team.
"Saturday is always particular and different, but we'll see what happens. We need to get everything right."
Kimi Räikkönen, meanwhile, trailed Vettel in both sessions, and classified fourth overall at the conclusion of running.
"For sure there are things we have to improve; there is some work to be done, but that's the normal story," he said.
"Today, it was not easy to put a good lap together; the car felt very good in some places, while in some others it could have been better."