• Singapore Grand Prix - FP2

Vettel confident on softer tyre compounds

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Sebastian Vettel: "It's a tough circuit for drivers and cars so, all in all, we can be quite happy" © Sutton Images
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Sebastian Vettel is confident his Red Bull is performing well on the Pirelli tyres at this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix, although he believes it is too early to judge his pace against his rivals.

Vettel finished both Friday practice sessions at the top of the timesheets, topping the second session by 0.311s. Vettel has struggled for qualifying pace at recent races where the harder compound tyres have been supplied, but he said he is more comfortable on the soft and super-softs on offer in Singapore.

"It's a tough circuit for drivers and cars so, all in all, we can be quite happy but let's see what we can do tomorrow," he said when asked about his practice runs. "Friday sessions, especially around here, are not very conclusive because people might be in traffic or get stuck, we don't know. Most importantly the car seemed to work on either tyre so we will take it from there."

Alterations have been made to some of the kerbs in Singapore to make it easier for drivers to recover from mistakes and Vettel believes it has helped.

"The kerbs have changed a little bit, which I think is an improvement. The old kerbs I think were a bit weird for all of us so it's a better solution. It is bumpy but that's the nature of the track, if it would be smooth it wouldn't be Singapore."