Sebastian Vettel is confident he can put his Ferrari "where it belongs" on the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid after what he labeled as a "very good" Friday.
The German driver was the closest challenger to the dominant Mercedes team, finishing third in the second session less than two tenths behind pace-setter Lewis Hamilton.
"I think it was a better Friday for us. Actually it was a very good Friday," said Vettel. "This morning was a bit trickier with a hot track, we struggled a bit.
"This afternoon the car calmed down. It was actually quite good. I felt quite happy on the long run.
"I struggled a bit with the fronts early on, maybe I was a little too aggressive but overall the car felt good and I think we should have good pace.
"Hopefully tomorrow we'll have a similar feeling in qualifying and put the car where it belongs."
The Ferrari driver, however, suffered what he reported to be a gearbox problem near the end of the session, stopping on track with 10 minutes remaining.
He admitted he would have liked to have a bit more running done.
"Not ideal," he said. "I would have liked to finish the run and get a couple more laps.
"It was quite interesting to watch the other cars. I'd be happy if I didn't get the chance, but today it was interesting.
"Overall I think we got most of the homework done."