During the second free practice — Turn 4 on the sixth lap of a soft-tyre, Sebastian Vettel confirms over the radio “The left rear corner is not tight, that is the problem,”.
But following the session the Italian outfit said blamed the stoppage on “a problem with a wheel”. Speaking to the press immediately after the session, the four-time world champion was in the dark over the problem but confirmed the car lost drive.
Vettel still sees margin of improvement
“We don’t know 100% what happened. I felt out of Turn 4 that I lost drive, so I decided to stop. Obviously we don’t want to take a risk at this stage, damaging the car or the engine. It’s a shame because I would have loved to cover more laps, but that’s what it is.” Vettel said.
“Obviously, it was incredibly important to do the mileage today and get the information on Friday, but it’s even more important to make sure that the car is in good conditions for the whole weekend and for the whole season.”
“Tomorrow I think that if you want to qualify as high up as possible you have to use the Supersofts. It’s not a big secret. We saw that a lot of people were doing their homework today. As for me, I haven’t done everything I could because we had to stop, but Kimi did a lot of laps, so it’s still reasonable. Coming down to our rivals, I don’t know what they did today. I think we can still improve for tomorrow. Hopefully we can be a little bit closer, so we’ll see.”