Vettel: I don’t yet have the confidence I want

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel ended the first day of practice for the Italian Grand Prix third fastest, but admitted that he is still coming to terms with his Ferrari at his team’s home track Monza.

The high speed nature of ‘La Pista Magica’ was always going top play into the hand of Mercedes, but Vettel is confident that the Reds can extract more speed from their car as the weekend progresses.

He told reporters after FP2 at Monza, “We can improve the car. I don’t yet have the confidence I want and need round here. There are a couple of things we need to do better – car balance, stability and braking, which is important round here to get the confidence.”

“Because you are low downforce you need to have the confidence to just throw the car there. We are not yet where I think we can be but we should be a bit better tomorrow. For sure we’ll be quicker than today, how much? I don’t know.”

Mercedes were very quick out the blocks in the morning FP1 session with Lewis Hamilton, fresh from his win at the Belgian Grand Prix less than a week ago, fastest by over a second to championship leader Vettel.

The German was not surprised, “We know that they are very strong around here in the past couple of years as it is a track which is power circuit where we know they have had their strengths in the past couple of years.”

But by the afternoon session the gap was down to just over a tenth of a second, which pleased Vettel, “Today is not the best day to read. I think we’ve done good steps today but I haven’t seen much yet. We will focus on ourselves and aim to improve the car here and there, there is a little bit still missing.”

“I know we have to improve to go with them. They are very quick. They were quick whenever they went out, which is what we expected. But we looked after ourselves, and we’ll see what we can do tomorrow. We can improve the car and if we sort a couple of things out, we should be in good shape,” added Vettel who tops the championship standings by seven points after 12 rounds.