Sebastian Vettel: “Expectations are high, but all we can promise to our fans is that we’ll give it everything we have.”
Monza – The first free practice session at the Monza circuit marks the official start of the Italian Grand Prix weekend, the twelfth round of the season and the 79th to be held at this track. Quickest were the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton (1.24.670) and Nico Rosberg (1.25.133), ahead of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel (1.26.258). In the other SF15-T, Kimi Raikkonen was sixth with a 1.26.783. Both Ferrari drivers spent the session working through a busy programme of aero measurements, brake system checks and set-up work, as well as trying a few practice starts. They each used two sets of the Medium tyre.
In the second free practice session for the Italian Grand Prix the SF15-Ts of Sebastian Vettel (1:25.038) and Kimi Raikkonen (1:25.380) set the third and sixth fastest times respectively. The team focused on long runs and tyre testing, in preparation for qualifying and the race. Fastest was Lewis Hamilton (1.24.279) followed by his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg (1.24.300.).
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a very normal Friday, the sessions were running smoothly and we had no issues. I was not very happy with my driving, we have to fix a couple of things and then, like in any other race, we’ll have some work to do to try to improve and find the right set up for tomorrow and Sunday. I did not have the time to see what the others were doing today, we did our own things and hopefully we can have a good weekend in front of all our tifosi.”
Sebastian Vettel: “It was a solid day for us, we had no issues with the car and we’ve got quite a lot of running which is always positive. The qualifying here will be very important: overtaking is possible with so long straights and this always helps, but still the first corner is very tight and the higher up you are the easiest it is. The first two cars are quite far away unfortunately, maybe we can get a bit closer tomorrow and we’ll see what happens in the race. The focus now is on the car and on how to find a few tenths for tomorrow as we’re not entirely happy. Seeing all the flags around on Friday was a good warm up. Expectations are high, but all we can promise to our fans is that we’ll give it everything we have.”