Cape Town - Sebastian Vettel is upbeat about Ferrari's chances of
success this weekend after getting a good feel for the car in FP1 at Suzuka.
Vettel was quickest in dry FP1 conditions in Japan, but did
not set a timed lap in FP2 due to heavy rain showers all-but making the
afternoon a wash-out.
Nevertheless, Vettel is confident that Japan can be the
place where Ferrari turn their fortunes back around.
"Obviously the results were not the best over the last
couple of races but I think we are strong and I think we have all reasons to be
confident," Vettel said after practice.
"I'm pretty sure that on Sunday we'll be able to show
what we can do.
"We brought some changes to Malaysia, not so much for
here but it's only a couple of days later. I think overall the car is working
and it's up to us to improve. I think we are on track, it's doing what we
"So now we just need to make sure that the results are
"I think it was a decent morning obviously we tried to
do a lot of things but it was good to run and get a feel. The car was behaving
well right from the start so it looks like everything is on plan.
"This afternoon was expected to be wet.
"We would've loved to run a little bit more but I think
we know the situation with the tyres so you never know how much running is
right because you don't want to burn the tyres but overall that's how it is and
it's the same for everyone."
Raikkonen, meanwhile, was characteristically unconcerned
about his lack of running in FP2, despite being first out on track once the
lights went green.
"We didn't even try to learn anything," he
shrugged. "Obviously it's very limited on the tyres. In case if it's wet
tomorrow and in qualifying then we have to save the full wets."