• German Grand Prix

Vettel wary of Ferrari

ESPNF1 Staff
July 23, 2010 « All pit-to-car radio eligible for broadcast | »
Sebastian Vettel finished the day only marginally slower than Fernando Alonso © Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel admitted his Red Bull team may face tough competition from Ferrari after he found himself sandwiched between Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa at the top of Friday's free practice times.

Vettel set the second quickest time of the day, just .029 off Alonso's benchmark of 1:16.265 on a weather-interrupted day at Hockenheim.

"Ferrari looked extremely competitive; McLaren had a difficult day with only one car for the majority of running, but they will come back and be up there," said Vettel.

Vettel, who managed 26 laps in the afternoon session, admitted that the inclement weather made it difficult to evaluate where the teams are before Saturday's crucial qualifying session, particularly as title rivals McLaren managed limited track time after Lewis Hamilton's crash in the first session.

"The conditions were not easy today, they were quite changeable, which made judging lap times difficult, but we got some dry running in the afternoon which was important. I think it's looking quite good and the car feels good, especially in the last section.

"I did a bit of rallying in P2 when I lost the rear going into the Stadium section and had to find my way through the gravel, but fortunately I could save the car and there was no problem."