Regardless of early testing woes, 4-time champ is nonetheless hoping for success
By: Adam Cooper on March 13, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Even although the Red Bull Racing group has struggled in testing, 4-time Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel is optimistic.
Sebastian Vettel has not given up on challenging for a Formula 1 fifth world championship this year — and believes that Red Bull nevertheless has enough time to catch up soon after its undesirable commence in testing.
However, he concedes that the group nonetheless has a whole lot of work to do.
“It’s a prolonged 12 months,” he explained right now. “Our preseason testing, our planning, hasn’t been best and, yeah, we’re possibly not in the best position for this race, but I believe it is a different story when we feel about the championship. There is a prolonged way to go. 2 many years back, Fernando [Alonso] was on the grid with one.5 seconds to pole place, but he was very close to beating us to the title at the really final race. Something can come about. That is why this race is critical, just as any other one. But there are a whole lot of races this 12 months.
“It’s naturally a difficult phase for all the teams, all the drivers, a great deal of new items to get utilized to. We know that, certainly, we’re not in the greatest form however. There are a whole lot of factors we need to have to fix. Sadly, you can’t resolve them overnight. We’d enjoy to but we can’t. So you actually have to go stage by stage, with each other with Daniel [Ricciardo], I feel just trying to be as precise as we can, making an attempt to give the engineers the best feedback feasible about the entire energy unit so that we move forward on that, and also talking about the car, simply because at this stage it is a bit unknown where we are.
“It’s not a secret: you need to have quite, really robust dependability to be a title contender, so we’ll see… I’m seeking forward to tomorrow and specifically Sunday to get a feel for the new regulations and see where we are.”
Vettel says that the team has presently modified a great deal on the RB10 since the final test in Bahrain.
“I consider it will be a very diverse vehicle. Obviously, for us, we had a whole lot of problems during the check, so we did not get to check a lot of stuff, and we hope we do some far more working here and clearly place the elements to the vehicle that we consider are greater for all round functionality. It will be a bit distinct, but I think it is the very same for all of us.
“The target, for sure, is to finish, and the target for confident is to finish in the ideal possible position, so that’s the mindset, pretty easy. And for the rest of the 12 months, I think we’re a powerful crew, we have a great deal of good folks on board, we have robust sources, so I’m confident we ought to progress as the season goes on.”
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