Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari have made some progress with the front-end balance problems which affected him in Australia.
Vettel said his team have been “flat-out” trying to improve the handling for him.
“Obviously in Australia we found ourselves a little bit behind and also in terms of feeling not yet happy,” he said.
“We tried some stuff today most to try and fix the front end because it hasn’t been very strong in Australia and it’s got a bit better.
“Let’s see where we are tomorrow. I think we can I think we can still improve for both short and long run.”
The Ferrari pair headed the second practice session in Bahrain, Vettel lapping less than a hundredth of a second slower than team mate Kimi Raikkonen. However he expected more from his race simulation run.
“My long run was OK, I think it should have been a bit stronger,” he said. “But as I said we tried different things with balance with the car, we tried to get a read.”
“It looks like we were a bit quicker than the rest but it depends on the programme,” Vettel added. “At this point I wouldn’t draw on any conclusions.
“We focus on ourselves and the set-up mostly and try to get a bit better feel which at times was good, at other times was not yet there so still some stuff to do.”
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