Happy Vettel still seeking improvements

By on Friday, November 15, 2013
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World champion Sebastian Vettel says he was happy with the handling of the Red Bull RB9 after setting the fastest time during practice for the United States Grand Prix.

Vettel, who was only 18th in first practice, was quickest on both compound tyres and demonstrated rapid long run pace around the Circuit of the Americas.

"The circuit was quite slippery today; I was happy with the car, but you always know you can improve here and there," he said.

"I think we got through the programme we were able to test some things, some were good and some not so good, but we will see. Ferrari looked quick this morning and McLaren could be a surprise here, and Lotus and Mercedes will be strong as normal. The track will improve now unless it rains, the car worked well on the tyres, so we’ll see what we can do on Sunday."

Team-mate Mark Webber was second quickest in the sister Red Bull.

"Today was all about tyres again; getting info on them and working out how they work best," he said ahead of his penultimate race.

"It’s nice to drive the car on fresh tyres and it was good to be out there on the circuit on what was a clear day in the end. We were working on both long and short runs today. The car doesn’t feel mega yet, there’s still some work to do, but we’ll work on that overnight."

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