Sebastian Vettel said he needs to find a “better rhythm” earlier in the session moving forward at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Monaco was Vettel’s strongest showing in Aston Martin colours as he crossed the line P5, though it looks like it could be a case of back to reality for the Silverstone-based outfit in Baku.
One of the longest laps on the calendar, Vettel found himself finishing Friday practice at the Azerbaijan GP down in P15, one place behind team-mate Lance Stroll.
The four-time World Champion did say his confidence was building, but added that he needs to find his rhythm quicker having “hesitated” in both FP1 and FP2.
“I think I didn’t quite get everything out of the soft tyres, but I think there were a lot of people probably that had the same issues,” he told media personnel in the paddock.
“Overall it was okay, the car felt good, so it’s more about getting it together, getting the lap together from my side also.
“I hesitated a little bit in FP1 and FP2, in the long run it was a little bit better, so I should be alright tomorrow.
“Mostly I need to just get into a better rhythm earlier in the session, but I’m quite confident now having had another couple of laps.
“It’s a tricky track, you just need to have one the confidence, and second sort of unleash yourself, and I struggled a little bit with that.
“But it’s good that we kept the car between the walls and not in the wall.”
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Vettel did have a near miss as he found himself taking to the escape road, but he said that was a good decision, rather than finding out that he had made a call which was too tight.
“Obviously it is good to decide to go to the escape road, rather than having a tight call and being too tight,” he explained.
“But all good, the track ramped up quite quickly and then was in good shape.”
Stroll praised the “challenging” Baku City Circuit after finishing FP2 ahead of Vettel.
“It’s always fun coming here, high-speed, close to the walls, challenging track,” he said.