Despite topping the second free practice session for the 2017 Russian Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel is adamant the Sochi circuit “looks like a Mercedes one.”
Vettel led a Ferrari 1-2 in FP2 as he finished six tenths ahead of the nearest Mercedes car of Valtteri Bottas in P3.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen also topped the first practice session earlier in the day.
“[Mercedes] didn’t show everything today and didn’t get their lap together,” felt Vettel.
However, Hamilton didn’t share those feelings, admitting to media after the Friday sessions, “we need to work out how we can improve our pace.”
“Ferrari seemed very, very fast,” he added.
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This weekend is now the second of the season where Ferrari have topped both Friday practice sessions.
The previous weekend they did so was in Bahrain, a race Vettel went on to win from 3rd on the grid.
So far in 2017, Ferrari have won two races in Australia and Bahrain whilst Mercedes took a solitary victory in China.
However, a Mercedes has been on pole position for all three rounds thus far.
Ferrari’s performance could be put down to a surprisingly strong power unit, which has been explored in this YouTube video.
“We always fight for the pole position,” said Vettel.