• Japanese Grand Prix - FP2

Confident Vettel has no worries about a wet qualifying

ESPNF1 Staff
October 8, 2010 « Driver reaction after Friday practice | »
Sebastian Vettel was supremely confident after Friday practice © Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel is expecting a strong weekend come rain or shine at the Japanese Grand Prix after comfortably outpacing his competitors during Friday practice.

His best time was 0.395 seconds faster than team-mate Mark Webber and 0.735 seconds quicker than the nearest non-Red Bull driver Robert Kubica. However, heavy rain is predicted for qualifying on Saturday and Red Bull have not fared as well in wet conditions so far this season.

But Vettel said the team's past form in the wet was nothing to be worried about.

"The forecast suggests rain, but there's no reason why we shouldn't be competitive in the wet," he said. "The conditions have been quite inconsistent during all the wet races that we've had so far this year, so it's hard to know what everyone's pace will be."

He added: "We had a trouble free Friday, which is the most important thing, especially on a track like this where you need to get into a rhythm with all the quick corners following each other. The car was reliable and I had a good feeling, the pace looks okay too."

Webber is also confident and said there is still plenty of scope to squeeze a couple more tenths out the car over a single lap.

"A good day, we couldn't have asked for much more - we had faultless running and got a lot of mileage," he said. "The team put the cars together well and we had a smooth day. The balance of the car feels good although it's a circuit with lots of different types of corners, so you can't have everything - you need to work out what the priorities are for the best lap times. We're not sure what the weather's going to do tomorrow, it looks as though it may be a bit wet, but we've got good info in the bank, so we're ready for what happens."