In a day of two halves, it was Mercedes who held a significant advantage over the rest in the morning, before teammate Charles Leclerc led a Scuderia 1-2 in the afternoon.
Considering which outcome was more realistic, however, the German does believe their rivals remain the team to beat.
“We’re not the fastest,” Vettel declared via Crash.net. “I know that in terms of results if you look at the one-lap performance, it looks maybe like that this afternoon [we are], but I think there’s still quite a reasonable gap to Mercedes.“Obviously today was not the most transparent session with other people running into problems.
“Also the car feels not yet the way I want it, so we have some – I wouldn’t say tricks up our sleeve – but some stuff we want to try and get a read on, so we’ll see.”
Leclerc agreed with his teammate summary, believing the Italian team still can’t be satisfied with their performance.
“It has been a positive day,” he said in Montreal. “The steps we took from FP1 to FP2 have been very good.