Scuderia Ferrari left room for improvement during Free Practice 2 at Abu Dhabi Friday, with drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen posting the fifth and seventh fastest lap times of the day.
While Free Practice lap times are rare indicative of a team’s pace on Saturday or Sunday, Ferrari found themselves surprised by the speed of not only Mercedes-Benz, but also of Red Bull and Force India – the latter of which was the third-fastets team of the day thanks to driver Sergio Perez.
“We have to improve. We are a little bit too far behind,” Vettel said post-race. “I would like the gap to be smaller and also the gap to be bigger compared to the cars behind.”
“Force India was was surprisingly quick, also Red Bull, so there’s a lot of work for us.”
“It’s Friday, so we went through our stuff and we are reasonably happy, and the rest we’ll see tomorrow. I think we can improve the car so let’s see.”
“Obviously there is always something that we can improve, the Mercedes seem to be very fast, but we’ll try to do as good a job as we can tomorrow,” Raikkonen added.
Mercedes-Benz has already locked down the constructors’ and drivers’ championships for 2015, with Lewis Hamilton being named World Champion with three races left in the season. Despite this, all 60,000 tickers for this weekend’s Abu Dhabi grand prix have sold out.