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Vettel optimistic despite missing session

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Sebastian Vettel insists he is still confident of a good result in Spain despite recording just four laps on Friday after an early electrical issue ruled him out of FP2.

Vettel's issue, which came in the early moments of FP1, was a blow for the world champion after coming to Spain keen to bounce back from having to move over for Daniel Ricciardo in the last two races. His early problems mean he will have limited preparation going into qualifying and Sunday's race but Vettel says he will have to make the most of the feedback given to him by Red Bull and Ricciardo.

"This morning we had a short," Vettel said. "Obviously we had to change the chassis loom which is a big job, so I couldn't go out this afternoon. Fortunately it happened today but unfortunately we lost the opportunity to prepare for Sunday with two cars so now I have to rely on what Daniel did today and get into the rhythm straight away tomorrow morning."

"Of course I hope I can recover otherwise it would be quite sad news. I'm confident, we've been here many times. Daniel did good work today. Half of the team is down and it doesn't help if you look at tyres and stuff like that but we've done more than one race so we should be able to extract all the data about what all the teams did."

Vettel had a chassis change ahead of the weekend but he insists Friday's problems were nothing to do with that.

"To be honest it's not [because we are pushing too hard]. It's a small failure but one with a big consequence because I couldn't go out. It's nothing new we had on the car, it's something new in that area for the first time. The problem we have is nothing to do with the new chassis, it's a chassis loom, but we couldn't change it and we lost a day, but we should be good tomorrow."

"We had a simple failure in one of the looms. Basically it was rubbing at one bit which caused a short and caused the car to stop. We decided to change the whole thing - unfortunately that's a pretty big job as you can imagine with today's cars. There's sensors and looms everywhere so it takes it a while to take it all apart and put it back in so we couldn't go out."

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