• Hungarian GP - FP2

Vettel not fooled by Williams pace

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Sebastian Vettel says he is wary of the overnight gains Williams could make after Friday's practice sessions suggested Red Bull could be closer to the front than in previous races.

Vettel went third in FP2, nearly eight tenths quicker than the nearest Williams' option tyre run in the session usually a good barometer for qualifying. Williams also looked off the pace in FP1 but in recent races has unlocked some more pace on Saturday, something Vettel thinks Red Bull needs to consider about all its rivals.

"I think we could be a little bit closer this weekend here, but we have seen a lot of people make big steps from Friday to Saturday - in particular Williams - so we have to be careful," Vettel said. "I think people gain more from Friday to Saturday than we do. We hope we have a big enough step to keep the pace of today."

Last week an upgrade from Renault did not have the desired effect, while Vettel was also disappointed with developments made on the Red Bull side, something he expects to be put right this weekend.

"In general Renault and Total are pushing really, really hard. Last weekend we were expecting an upgrade which just didn't bring the advantage we were looking for. Tomorrow we should have a bit of a step up between Friday and Saturday, which is normal all the way down the pit lane, with people running fresher engines and able to use a little bit more power. We will have to wait and see where we are tomorrow."

After FP3 had concluded Vettel was asked about the speculation linking him to Mercedes, rumours prompted by an interview to Bild given by Red Bull's motorsport adviser Helmut Marko suggesting an offer has been lodged.

"That's a weird question for a Friday afternoon just after practice" Vettel replied. "I can assure you for the last one and a half hours I didn't think about that."

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