Sep 6, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT
Despite closing out practice with a commanding lead, Sebastian Vettel believes that there is still room for improvement at Red Bull as the team prepares for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
The German driver headed up a one-two finish for the team in the second free practice session at Monza today, finishing a full six-tenths clear of his teammate and closest challenger, Mark Webber. However, Vettel still believes that there is more time to be gained.
“It will be very tight this weekend, as we saw in the first practice,” he explained. “It will be close tomorrow in qualifying with quite a few cars separated by only a few hundredths of a second.
“There are a few things we still need to do to optimise the car, as there are two or three corners where we are sliding more than we would like. It’s positive today, but it’s only a Friday.”
Even with these issues, Vettel’s lead is certainly a commanding one. Six-tenths of a second is a sizeable margin at any circuit, but with Monza being the fastest track on the calendar, the German driver’s championship rivals have cause for concern as he looks to extend his forty-six point lead heading into his favored Asian leg of the calendar.