Sebastian Vettel was 0.004s faster that Lewis Hamilton in Friday free practice at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
“It’s Friday after all. I think Lewis’s lap didn’t look particularly good.”
“I think he has a little bit more in the pocket and tomorrow we need to be realistic. If it’s like this tomorrow we’ll take it, for sure. We have to look after ourselves. We had a very good day,” he said. “Not judging the result, but just the feeling, overall pace, not for one lap but for all the laps we did and we didn’t have any problems.”
“We were always ahead of schedule in the garage which is a very good sign. So overall I think it was a very good day.”
“It’s great to be back here in Mexico. The support we’ve had here already is amazing – and it’s only Friday! There’s so much energy and enthusiasm for the sport here, which is great to see. It’s been a solid day in terms of our programme for the weekend. The cars are obviously faster but lap times are pretty strong already. The track is feeling better than it did last year and I feel a lot more comfortable in the car than I did the first time we came to this circuit, so hopefully I can carry that through the rest of the weekend.”
“It was an unusual day out there with the low temperatures and a very green track. So, it’s been a bit of a steep learning curve to understand what to do with the tyres – how to get the best out of them for one lap and also for the long runs. We really learned a lot today and it’s not been a bad start overall but we have a lot of homework to do tonight. The car was feeling okay on the medium tyre but even there we need to make some progress to understand where we can find some performance. Ferrari seemed very quick here today, so they will be a big threat. Let’s see how tomorrow goes. It feels great to be back in Mexico. The fans are outstanding here. Already on Friday it’s really packed out there in the stands, which is awesome.”
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