Vettel shifts focus to race simulation

By on Friday, October 31, 2014
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Sebastian Vettel says he is focusing on race simulations after it was confirmed that he will start from the pit lane at the United States Grand Prix.

Vettel, who won the race in 2013, will take a sixth Power Unit and as a result he must start from the pits. Consequently, the outgoing world champion spent Friday practice focusing on high-fuel runs and rounded out the runners in 18th position.

"It was a different practice today, as we focused on Sunday preparation," he said.

"We had an issue with the gearbox this morning so we lost some time, but overall it was okay.

"It’s not great knowing that you can’t go out and fully go for it in qualifying tomorrow, but we knew it from the start of this weekend, so we focus on the race and hopefully we will have a good come back from the pit lane on Sunday."

Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest but was only able to complete five laps in the opening practice session following Power Unit issues.

"It was tricky out there today, the wind makes it difficult; it’s quite an open circuit, so any form of cross wind or tail wind upsets the car a lot – we saw a few spins in FP2 from a few guys," he said.

"We got the car in a good window to work with and hopefully tomorrow we can find a bit more speed. We didn’t run much this morning but in FP2 we ended up in the top five and the long run looked reasonable, so I think we had a pretty good afternoon."


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