Sebastian Vettel is not happy with how the first two practice sessions at the Circuit of the Americas went for him after a damaged wing cost him track time in FP1 and performance in FP2.
The German is confident the pace will be better on Saturday as Ferrari couldn’t show its full potential on Friday.
A trip over the kerbs during the first session damaged some front end aero components and the right rearview mirror on his SF16-H which required repairs before he was able to go back out on track.
The afternoon sunshine led to an increase in track temperate of around 10 degrees compared to FP1, which increased the grip levels. The programme in FP2 got underway with some quick laps before moving on to race simulation work. Having set a best time of 1.38.178, which turned out to be fourth fastest, Vettel then concentrated on long runs.
“To be fair, it was a tough day. This morning we had some problems with a little wing that failed and came off, so we lost some track time, which was a bit ‘costy’ for the afternoon because we couldn’t re-balance the car. We are a bit on the back foot today and I am not entirely happy with the car balance yet; it is a little bit too nervous, but I think for tomorrow we can improve.
“On Friday usually you don’t see the full picture, so hopefully tomorrow we will be a lot stronger. Today the Red Bulls were very quick, there is no doubt, but I still think we have a chance. It’s Friday and I wouldn’t worry too much.
“You never know what the others are doing, we knew about ourselves, but we didn’t have the best day. For sure it will be very close with them and it will be difficult to match them tomorrow with the speed that they showed today, but I think the Ferrari you saw today is not the Ferrari you will see tomorrow.”