Practice leader Vettel cites room for improvement

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Sebastian Vettel may have comfortably finished quickest in both Friday practice sessions ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend but the three-time world champion still believes that there is room for improvement.

Vettel headed up a Red Bull 1-2 in both sessions as Mark Webber proved to be his closest challenger, but he is sure that he can squeeze more time out of the RB9 at the Hungaroring.

“The car feels okay,” Vettel said in a statement, “but there’s always a lot of work to do and there’s some room for improvement. My long run wasn’t completely clean, as we had to abort it at the start due to the brakes being a bit hot, but you work to find the limit.”

This weekend’s race marks the introduction of the 2012 tire construction using the 2013 compounds in order to maintain the safety of the drivers. With the build of the tire being slightly different, it has caused teams to change their setup slightly but Vettel has not noticed a great difference.

“I don’t think the tires feel massively different, but they are a step in the right direction.”

Vettel is chasing his first win in Hungary this weekend with the race being just one of two grands prix on the current calendar that he is yet to win.

F1 Paddock Pass: United States Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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As Lewis Hamilton took another step towards his fourth Formula 1 World Championship Sunday at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas, plenty of other topics of discussion emerged in the wake of Round 17 of the season from Austin.

Hamilton’s win came as his Mercedes AMG Petronas team claimed its fourth consecutive Constructor’s Championship, Scuderia Ferrari came up short once again despite a valiant effort in second and third, and Max Verstappen’s penalty after the race was the major talking point.

Elsewhere Valtteri Bottas struggled again, the Sahara Force India twins continued to pick up points, Carlos Sainz Jr. made a major positive impact in his first start with Renault, Brendon Hartley impressed on debut at Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean and Haas F1 Team endured a tough weekend on Haas’ home soil.

Check out all the recap from the latest USGP in the latest post-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass with NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton, below.