• Italian Grand Prix FP2

Vettel predicts tight qualifying despite dominating practice

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Sebastian Vettel: "I think there are two or three things where we can improve tomorrow" © Getty Images
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Sebastian Vettel is expecting a tight qualifying session at the Italian Grand Prix despite setting a Friday practice pace 0.6s faster than the rest of the field.

Vettel finished the session 0.623s faster than Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber and 0.633s faster than the two Lotuses in third and fourth. But despite his apparent dominance he said he has work to do find the edge in Saturday's qualifying.

"It was a good day, that's for sure," he said. "But we'll keep our feet on the ground, it's only a Friday. Maybe the others had some problems, but regarding myself it was a good day and I didn't have any issues with the car and felt comfortable.

"I'm sure it will be very tight as we saw in first practice. But if you look at it too much it's a bit of a distraction and I think it will be close tomorrow with a number of cars within a couple of hundredths. We will have to work on ourselves and I think there are two or three things where we can improve tomorrow."

Asked what he could improve on the car, Vettel said: "Obviously you always try to optimise two or three things even if the car was great. There was still two or three corners where the car slides a bit more than you would like, but I can't say it was a disaster because it was very positive and it's only Friday."