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Vettel still looking for improvements in Austin

Nov 15, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

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Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel may have finished fastest in the second free practice session for this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, but he still believes that there is room for improvement heading into qualifying on Saturday.

Vettel failed to bother the front-runners in FP1 as he opted to run with heavy fuel and focus on his long runs, and subsequently finished down in eighteenth place. However, he and Red Bull teammate Mark Webber were in a class of their own during the second session, easily finishing P1 and P2. Nevertheless, Vettel is still looking for more.

“The circuit was quite slippery today; I was happy with the car, but you always know you can improve here and there,” Vettel said after practice. “I think we got through the programme we were able to test some things, some were good and some not so good, but we will see.”

Vettel has highlighted four teams as being in contention, although his seven race winning streak heading into this weekend suggests that it will take a retirement or incident during the race to deny the German driver.

“Ferrari looked quick this morning and McLaren could be a surprise here, and Lotus and Mercedes will be strong as normal. The track will improve now unless it rains, the car worked well on the tires, so we’ll see what we can do on Sunday.”

The United States Grand Prix is one of just two races on the current calendar that Vettel is yet to win, with the other being the Hungarian Grand Prix.

  1. alfredoaguiar01 - Nov 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    NBC should leave it for professionals. It’s just unbelievable they will not show USA GP Live. I’m missing Fox sports!!!

  2. jorgename - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    It is so incredibly sad and dissapointing that you skipped half of Q2 and all of Q3 of the USA COTA F1 qualifying. WTF? What kind of broadcasters are you?!?!

  3. likesf1 - Nov 16, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    I was ok that you didn’t show the qualifying live, but to cut out half of Q2 and the whole Q3… Really? This is disrespectful to the fans and to the sport! You should apologize.
    My suggestions is that If you can’t show F1 properly in the future, please give up and walk away from this contract.

  4. dsracing744 - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Unbelievable!!!! You delay the broadcast of the USGP qualifying to show Olympic trials curling. Then you completely cut out the majority of Q2 and all of Q3. At least you showed the last half hour of commentary before you returned to curling.

    Can we expect to see the entire race tomorrow or will you cut the race short for ice dancing instead?

    What a bunch of B.S!!!!!!!!!!

  5. ewyllis - Nov 16, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    What an amazing display of complete incompetence by NBC sports, you cover q1, part of q2 and NONE of q3!! Amazing! And you don’t even have a pair to step up and apologize? If you can’t handle F1 give it back to SpeedTV.

  6. rodsmail - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    NBC Sports has, once again, shown itself to be bush-league when it comes to motorsports broadcasting. Anyone at corporate take a look at the gate in Austin and compare it with the gate at Olympic freekin’ curling? Doesn’t that tell anyone what the potential viewing audience is? To delay the broadcast is bad enough but to wholesale cut out the most important part of Saturday qualifying is just pathetic. Next year I’m signing up for Sky and leaving NBC behind.

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