• Canadian Grand Prix - FP2

Vettel wary of Ferrari and Mercedes

ESPN Staff
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Sebastian Vettel was off the pace on low fuel in FP2 © Getty Images
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Sebastian Vettel says he is wary of Ferrari and Mercedes following Friday practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso set the fastest time of FP2, just edging out Lewis Hamilton by 0.012s as Vettel could only set the seventh fastest time. However, Red Bull and Ferrari appeared to be very closely match on long runs while Mercedes was off the pace and Vettel said he was pleased by the potential of his car on high fuel.

"I haven't seen the comparison but it felt pretty good," Vettel said. "Always difficult to know what other people are doing in terms of fuel runs etc, so maybe we were a little bit lighter if we appeared a little bit stronger. But I think all in all it was a good run - a good final run - on the short run I think we have some room for improvement; Mercedes looked very very quick again so we'll see what we can do tomorrow.

"On one lap if you just look at the timesheet Mercedes was very quick, Ferrari looked very competitive in both long and short runs, so I think those will be the main two rivals. Never forget the Lots; they can be a surprise in the race by going further than everyone else. It's difficult to say, all these teams I've mentioned we need to keep an eye on."

Vettel added that the main factor for the teams to deal with this weekend would be the weather.

"It was tricky this morning with the wet, pretty much up and down with the conditions and then this afternoon fortunately we had some dry conditions but it's been quite slippery, low grip. Also at the end it's quite cool, we mustn't forget, so I think the dominating factor is the weather. We don't know what is going to happen tomorrow but I think more or less happy with where we are."