Vettel`s best time in FP1 was 1:40.496, but then his speed dropped in FP2 and ended in 16th with a 1:40.982. Without knowing his fuel levels, etc, that means that he can´t go below the ´40s mark in normal conditions. While the in FP2 the top seven went into the ´39s mark.
I believe that Vettel topping the time charts in the first practise mainly dictates the fact that everyone was knew to the circuit and was concentrating on reconoissance laps. And then in the second practice the top ten improved their times, while the lower level teams weren´t capable of that. But Vettel doing what he did is almost impressive, given his machinery.
And it´s good to see the Ferrari´s along the top sections of the charts as well, I hope they have worked extra hard on the reliability and commit less (or none at all
) mistakes during races.
And as had been predicted, the bridge section has worried Bridgestone, they are afraid of punctures due to the height gap. And telling from pictures of the track, there has been a lot of pavement degradation around the joints as well, who knows what problems that might lead to. F1technical- Bridgestone concerned about Valencia bridge section
This image shows the joint, but it seems that since the last event held here they have repaired the surface.