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It looks very close, says Vettel

Sebastian Vettel enjoys 'solid' first day in China, says car is working fine, but warns Mercedes 'look competitive', as does McLaren and Ferrari.

Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has predicted it will be tight tomorrow in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit, the fourth round on the F1 2010 schedule.

Vettel was fifth fastest in both practice sessions on Friday, but despite trailing the McLaren's of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button and the Mercedes GP cars of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher, he remains confident and is happy with his Renault-powered RB6.

"That was good, we had no big issues and the car was working fine. We did quite a lot of laps so it was a solid day," Vettel reflected.

"It looks very close; the Mercedes look competitive, as well as the McLarens and Ferraris. It will be tight tomorrow, but we will see. I had a good race here in 2007 when I finished fourth for Toro Rosso and then last year with the victory, so there are a lot of good emotions and memories attached to this place."

Team-mate Mark Webber meanwhile agrees that there will be little to choose between the top four in qualifying and he ended up eighth in FP1 and sixth in FP2, his best lap a 1 minute 35.995 seconds.

"That was pretty good; it was our first really clean Friday, which was encouraging. We have a lot of stuff go through tonight about how the tyres are round here – it's the first track where they are behaving a little differently to other venues," Webber added.

"I think qualifying is going to be tight again and there's supposed to be a bit of moisture floating around on Sunday afternoon, so it looks like the fans will yet again be given an action packed race. I'll look forward to the challenge and to getting something out of it."

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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB 6
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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB 6
Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB 6

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