Norris 'not in the best position' despite FP2 performance

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Norris 'not in the best position' despite FP2 performance

Lando Norris downplayed the significance of his third-place position in FP2, insisting his lack of running in the afternoon session has not left him in the best position going forward.

A time-consuming power unit issue disrupted the McLaren driver's run plan in the second free practice. Norris got going in earnest in the final ten minutes of the session and only owed his impressive lap time to a low-fuel run on a nicely rubbered-in track.

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"Not the best Friday just because of the lack of running," said the Briton.

"We didn’t really get the chance to do any high-fuel runs, so we’re not in the best position.

"We’re in good shape for tomorrow, but we’re still a bit behind in our prep for Sunday. So, we might have to compromise FP3 tomorrow to try to fit in some more high-fuel runs and catch up.

"I have a decent feeling for the car, but this is the track where you want good confidence throughout the lap – you want confidence under braking and in the high-speed corners, and I’m not quite as confident as I could be today due to the lack of laps."

Along with Lewis Hamilton, Norris was one of several drivers who complained about several of his rivals executing slow out laps on Friday, which in turn caused congestion out on the track.

The 20-year-old is expecting more of the same in qualifying.

"It's going to be tricky to make sure you're in the right spot, because you want a slipstream because it helps a lot around here, but at the same time, you don't want to be too close and have too much understeer or problems in the middle sector in the corners.

"It's not easy, especially in the F1 cars this year, it's even worse than last year, so we'll have to wait and find out."

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Vettel says 'balloon' tyre pressures not helping SF1000 balance

Sebastian Vettel says the increase in front tyre pressures mandated by Pirelli for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix... The post Vettel says 'balloon' tyre pressures not helping SF1000 balance appeared first on F1i.com.

Vettel says 'balloon' tyre pressures not helping SF1000 balance

Sebastian Vettel says the increase in front tyre pressures mandated by Pirelli for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix is not helping the overall balance of Ferrari's SF1000.

Vettel's laborious first day of running at Monza saw the German driver clock in a lowly P19 in Friday's morning session, a performance he managed to improve in FP2 despite a spectacular spin at the second Lesmo.

Unsurprisingly, Vettel described his car as "a handful" at the end of the day.

"Well the car is difficult to drive, but as I said, it's not the first time," said the four-time world champion. "So where are we lacking? I think we're losing down the straights, which is expected.

"We are lacking grip on corner entry with pretty much all four wheels. The car is sliding quite a lot , and it's a handful!

"But yeah, it's very difficult to get everything right to get the lap together. But we're trying to make it a bit better for tomorrow."

Vettel also suggested that Ferrari's pace on long runs was not helped by this weekend's greater front tyre "balloon" pressures.

"I think part of a contributor for that in the race is obviously the balloon pressures that we are forced to run at. That doesn't help," he said.

"It's far away from where I think the tyres would like to run. But yeah, we have to obviously stick to the rules and apart from that, it will be a tricky one in the race."

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Charles Leclerc echoed his teammate's view on the SF1000's difficult handling in race trim, but last year's Italian Grand Prix winner was also favourably surprised by his car's qualifying pace.

"I think we expected a bit worse on the low-fuel runs but then on the high fuel we expected a bit better," Leclerc explained.

"So we definitely need to try to find something for the race, otherwise it's going to be very, very difficult.

"We seem to struggle quite a lot with the balance and the overall degradation of the tyres during the high fuel run. So there's definitely a lot of work on that

"But I am quite positive to see our qualifying pace. It was very difficult to drive on the high fuel.

"That's why I was saying there's quite a bit of work, but I'm pretty sure we'll find a solution to try and fix this."

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