Vettel hails "very good" Friday despite stoppage

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."

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Series Formula 1
Event Abu Dhabi GP
Track Yas Marina Circuit
Drivers Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari
Article type Breaking news