Vettel identifies room for improvement at Monza

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Despite closing out practice with a commanding lead, Sebastian Vettel believes that there is still room for improvement at Red Bull as the team prepares for this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

The German driver headed up a one-two finish for the team in the second free practice session at Monza today, finishing a full six-tenths clear of his teammate and closest challenger, Mark Webber. However, Vettel still believes that there is more time to be gained.

“It will be very tight this weekend, as we saw in the first practice,” he explained. “It will be close tomorrow in qualifying with quite a few cars separated by only a few hundredths of a second.

“There are a few things we still need to do to optimise the car, as there are two or three corners where we are sliding more than we would like. It’s positive today, but it’s only a Friday.”

Even with these issues, Vettel’s lead is certainly a commanding one. Six-tenths of a second is a sizeable margin at any circuit, but with Monza being the fastest track on the calendar, the German driver’s championship rivals have cause for concern as he looks to extend his forty-six point lead heading into his favored Asian leg of the calendar.

Pagenaud leads no-tow times in Sunday practice

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Sunday practice ahead of Day 2 of qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 was split into two groups – one for the drivers who ended Saturday qualifying in positions 10-33, and one for the drivers who made the Fast Nine Shootout for the Pole.

In the combined times, Ryan Hunter-Reay was fastest overall. But, Simon Pagenaud topped the all-important no-tow speeds with a lap of 229.409 mph.

Pagenaud’s Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, and Will Power were second, third, and fourth on the no-tow chart – and they were also the only four drivers from the Top 9 who went out for practice.

Of the drivers who qualifying between positions 10 through 33, Alexander Rossi had the quickest no-tow speed of 227.779 mph.

Combined results are below. Qualifying begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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