Sebastian Vettel: "We have to wait and see until Saturday to understand more and we’ll only find out on Sunday how close we are to Mercedes."
In the first free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix, the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen set the fourth (1.19.134) and eighth (1.19.679) fastest times respectively. Lewis Hamilton was quickest with a 1.18.750 in the Mercedes.
After completing the installation laps on intermediate tyres, because the circuit was damp from overnight rain, the two Ferraris took to the track running two sets of Softs, the other compound at this round of the championship being the Supersoft. Both SF15-Ts completed 31 laps, working on a programme aimed at finding the best set-up for this track.
Ferrari 3rd and 4th fastest in FP2
There wasn’t much track action in the second free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. Just 15 minutes in, the red flags came out and later the rain arrived. The cars all had to pit following Roberto Mehri’s accident in the Manor, at the exit to the tunnel and after that, the cars returned to the track in the final minutes of the session, with the weather barely better.
Both Ferrari men started out on Softs, setting the third and fourth fastest times, which would still be the case after the long break, after which they went out on intermediates. Sebastian Vettel lapped in 1.18.295, to sit behind the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton (1.17.192) and Nico Rosberg (1.17.932.) In the other SF15-T, Kimi Raikkonen posted a 1.18.543.
Kimi Raikkonen: “The feeling with the car today was pretty ok, obviously there are some small issues but they are more related to the tyres: it’s difficult to make them warm up, especially the front tyres, but overall it’s not too bad. In order to get the tyres working, it would have been nice to see how the Supersofts work, anyway I think they are much easier. Due to the rain we couldn’t learn as much I wanted, but it was the same for everybody. We did the most that we could in these conditions. For Saturday we have to see how the weather will be, we still have some work to do on the car and make sure the tyres work well, then we’ll go from there and do the best in qualifying and in the race.”
Sebastian Vettel: “When it rains it’s the same for everyone, you don’t tend to run. Today the car felt ok, we wanted to test a couple more things but time went out. We have to wait and see until Saturday to understand more and we’ll only find out on Sunday how close we are to Mercedes. I think we can’t take Monaco as a reference, it’s for the nature of the track that everybody is a bit closer, but for sure I hope to reduce the gap even more. This is why everybody went out in the end of the session. There was no reason to do more laps, we don’t have unlimited tires and if the rain comes again we need them, even if the forecast looks dry. It‘s a shame we could not get an idea on the Supersoft tires but I think we will see on Saturday.”