The new Ferrari driver spoke of his first day under the pressure of a race weekend after two practice sessions.
Third was the best the new Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel could achieve today after two on-track practice sessions in Melbourne, but considering the Mercedes 1-2, the German is happy with his first regular season day on the job.
"The most important thing today was that we ran and didn't have any problems.
"It was very, very smooth. I don't remember the last smooth Friday I had like this," Vettel said.
"It was a good day. We didn't have any issues with the car."
Having only the Mercedes cars ahead is a good result for the opening sessions, but Vettel said he expects things to shake up tomorrow.
"It would be nice to stay up front," he said.