The Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were the seventh and eighth fastest cars on track respectively during Free Practice 2 for 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix. The two Ferraris were similarly slow in FP1, with Vettel and Raikkonen running ninth and tenth fastest.
Despite Ferraris lack of pace today, Vettel remains confident the team will display its usual form come Sunday. Both he and Raikkonen tried a variety of setups today, resulting in the relatively sluggish fast laps, but tight gaps between most of the front runners paint a positive picture for the Maranello based team.
“I think it was a tricky day,” Vettel said. “The track was very slippery, the temperature hot, and I think everybody was struggling with the tires. It was a bit difficult to find the rhythm. The long run was a bit better for us: I haven’t seen what the others were doing, but I felt a bit more confident with more time and more laps in the car. So in total we tried a lot of things, and now we need to go and see what actually was best.
“The good news today are that the gaps were very close,” he added. “Mercedes for sure, as expected, is a bit up front: but other than that, if it stays like this, it bodes well for tomorrow.”
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton was fastest in FP2 with a lap of 1:12.271. His teammate Nico Rosberg crossed the finish line 0.030s behind him, while Williams’ Valteri Bottas and Felipe Massa and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top five.
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