• First Barcelona Test, Day One

More to come as circuit improves - Vettel

ESPN Staff
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Sebastian Vettel was at the wheel of the Red Bull RB9 on Tuesday © Sutton Images
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Sebastian Vettel is believes lap times will continue to tumble as this week's test at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya progresses.

The first day of the second test got underway on Tuesday with Vettel holding the fastest time for most of the afternoon before Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso trumped his best effort in the final 30 minutes of the day. But Vettel expects his car and those of his rivals' will go even faster as the test progresses this week.

"We know that the circuit rubbers up [in grip] over the course of the four days so the first day is probably the worst," he said. "I think today we saw that the tyres were going off pretty quickly and didn't last a lot of laps. I think it was the same for everyone, but surely this circuit is a good indicator of whether you have a good car or not.

"At this stage it is very difficult to judge what we did compared to the rest of the teams in terms of fuel loads etc. Right now we are not that bothered because we have plenty of stuff going on in our garage."

He said he was still able to push the limits of the Red Bull RB9 and that his early impressions remain positive after his third day at the wheel.

"I still need to push hard and I enjoy that," he added. "I think we were in good shape today but it depends on what fuel you are on. Usually it's a bit easier with less fuel to get the lap time, especially when it's cold. I'm quite happy with the car and with the balance and quite a bit happier than where we started last year."