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Vettel ready for a long, hard and tough season

Sebastian Vettel: We seem to have a good car, but it's still too early to tell so we have to wait and see. There have been a lot of changes which has involved a lot of work over the winter trying to get the whole package ready to start the new season.

Sebastian Vettel is hopeful he will be stronger this season now he has won the world championship.

Vettel will be out to try and defend his crown in F1 2011 and while he has been pleased with the new RB7 in pre-season testing, he remains cautious about his prospects in the countdown to Melbourne's Australian Grand Prix.

“It's very difficult in the beginning to tell,” he replied when asked about the pecking order. “I don't have an advantage with having the number '1' on the car.

“Obviously it's a nice feeling, and it was a great success and a big relief for me last year. Hopefully that has made me a bit stronger, but nevertheless, it will be a long, hard and tough season.”

Pressed on if he feels different now he is world champion, Vettel added that for him little has changed.

“It was good to have a little bit of time for myself over the winter and to spend it with friends and family,” he continued. “But now we've started again with the new car preparing for the new season, I wouldn't say life has changed too much.

“We seem to have a good car, but it's still too early to tell so we have to wait and see. There have been a lot of changes which has involved a lot of work over the winter trying to get the whole package ready to start the new season.

“Obviously it's very busy now with preparation work, and we're all doing our best to try to get the best possible package together. You can never have enough preparation to make the car ready.

“The tyres are very different to last year, but then again, it's the same for everybody.

"I think the racing will change and that one-stopping – maybe even two-stops – is impossible at this stage, so it will be at least three or four-stop races, which will make it interesting.”



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Firestorm - Unregistered

March 06, 2011 10:21 AM

Is normal that Vettel is worried.The rules of 2011 are very much different to 2010.Red Bull has a weaker engine or even a weaker KERS than their main rivals.And i guess that Pirelli will benefit more his team-mate Mark Webber.It seems that Red Bull has produced a great car in RB7.But will wait and see!

DontTalkShite

March 08, 2011 5:29 AM

@joeh and frankg. You guys are kidding me right? The bloke had everything and everyone in his corner. He had the full support of his team at the expense of his team mate (remember the front wing), he can't pass for the life of him (istanbul) and did this in the best car on the grid. So again I state, lets see how he goes when he's up against it!



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