Vettel: Mechanical problems 'part of life'

By on Friday, September 19, 2014
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A philosophical Sebastian Vettel says that mechanical issues are part of racing after he completed just five timed laps during Friday's second practice session for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Vettel had edged out Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo during the first session but he suffered an engine failure at the end of the opening 90 minutes and the time it took to change the component meant that his RB10 was only ready with eight minutes remaining of the second session.

Vettel was nonetheless able to take to the circuit on the Option tyres to set the fifth fastest time.

"I don’t believe in good luck and bad luck," he said. "I think we did a lot in the last few years that was right and we weren’t just lucky then; this year it’s a bit different and we have had some problems, but that’s part of life.

"We have overcome the troubles that we have had and it’s progressively getting better. In terms of pace it’s looking good this weekend. It was important to get a good feel on the Super Soft tyre."

Ricciardo was third quickest but concedes that pacesetters Mercedes probably refrained from exploiting their full potential.

"I’ve got a feeling Mercedes probably have a bit more in the bag," he said.

"I saw [Lewis] Hamilton is about three tenths up the road and [Nico] Rosberg was improving and then he caught the red flag or the yellow flag so I don’t know, I think they’ve got a bit more in the tank.

"I think we do too, but probably not enough to get on par with them yet, but hopefully a good night of homework will pay off tomorrow. I wasn’t expecting such a big difference between the tyres, it just doesn’t seem the prime is working as well, the supersoft seems normal but the prime is tricky to turn on so that’s making it a bit hard.

"The tyres are going to make a big difference in the race - to be quick on the tyre is one thing, but to make it last more laps is another and that could save you doing an extra pit stop in the race."

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