‘Practice conclusions like reading tea leaves’

Date published: May 27 2016 - Editor

Drawing conclusions from practice timesheets is a “bit like reading tea leaves”, that’s according to Sebastian Vettel.

The Ferrari driver and his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen both struggled in Thursday’s second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix.

While Raikkonen was P7, 1.4s off the pace, the German was only ninth fastest and a further 0.2s down on an afternoon where he twice smacked the barriers.

But despite Ferrari’s troubles, Vettel insists one cannot read too much into the practice times.

“Everybody should know by now that the Friday times – or Thursday times here – don’t mean a lot,” he told the official F1 website.

“And to conclude from today’s times to the overall pecking order is a bit like reading tea leaves.

“Yes we didn’t have a good day, but for sure we do not belong where we finished the sessions. I am one hundred per cent convinced that we will do much better on Saturday.”

The four-time World Champion was asked whether his former team Red Bull Racing has surprised by topping the timesheets on Thursday.

He replied: “Not really – and my guess is that they will also be strong in qualifying,” he replied.

“Here, a good qualifying is almost half the race win!

“Having said that we will focus on our own performance – and in an ideal world we will be right on front row.”