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Friday times not important - Vettel

ESPN Staff
March 15, 2013 « Australian Grand Prix Qualifying | Webber expects open race »
Sebastian Vettel was quickest in both Friday practice sessions © Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel played down the importance of setting the pace in both Friday practice sessions for the Australian Grand Prix but admitted it was "a very good day" for Red Bull.

The first sessions of the 2013 season saw Vettel top the timesheets on both occasions and Red Bull secure a one-two in FP2. While Vettel said the times are not necessarily representative of the competitive order at this early stage, he did confirm he was pleased with Red Bull's trouble-free start to the weekend.

"I have to say it was a very good day for us," Vettel said. "Surely one thing is to look at the timesheets but that's not the important thing today. For sure it feels good to know that you're kind of up there somewhere but I have to say it was a very good day considering it was the first day of the season; we didn't have any problems, no major dramas so it was a very quiet day and we got through the programme so I'm very happy with that."

With rain threatening to affect Saturday and Sunday, Vettel warned that changing conditions could render Friday's results irrelevant.

"We know a little bit more than yesterday, that's for sure, but I think we have to be aware of the fact that conditions can change. A couple of degrees make a massive difference with these tyres so for today I think we are very happy but tomorrow could be another day so I think there's room for improvement and we need to keep our eyes open and see what happens.

"When we arrived it was very hot and since then it's got cooler. How much that has an impact on tyres and how they work and car balance we can't really predict but we need to be ready to change. Even though today was a good day - I was happy with the balance - the conditions will change so we need to be aware of that and switched on to make the right choices."

Vettel added that he was comfortable the performance of the Pirelli tyres in warmer conditions.

"I think better than in testing. We kind of expected that because it's a different circuit but the soft tyre surely doesn't last that long. We saw that people came in and went back on the hard tyre, but I think the hard tyre should be a decent race tyre. For qualifying, for sure, it's all going to happen on the soft tyres."