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Red Bull basks in trouble-free, fast first day

Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber finished comfortably ahead on the timesheets, and the new RB9 is looking ominously strong in Melbourne.
Last year it took Red Bull some time to get up to race-winning performance, but if the first practice sessions of the 2013 F1 season at Albert Park, Melbourne are anything to go by then this year could be a whole different story.

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of the day in the later session with a best lap of 1:25.908s, while his team mate Mark Webber had the second fastest time of the day after a run clocking in at 1:26.172s.

"Overall it was a good day for us," smiled Vettel after the end of three hours of track time in air temperatures of around 22C, much warmer than anything the drivers had enjoyed in pre-season testing in Spain. "It was pretty seamless and there was no trouble with the car."

"It was nice to have a bit of sun on the circuit after Barcelona, where we had pretty overcast conditions," agreed Webber, happy to be kicking off the new season on home turf in Australia. "It was not a bad day and we got through plenty of information."

The drivers were enjoying the glorious sunny conditions while they could, with forecasts looking less positive for Saturday.

"We still have a huge amount to go through tonight and we're expecting a bit of overcast stuff tomorrow, so we need to be ready for that," explained Webber. "We had to correlate a lot of information from Europe and that went pretty well," he added.

"The weather should be quite changeable tomorrow, and as we can't predict how much that will impact the tyres and car balance we need to be ready to change things," Vettel added.

With the cold conditions at Barcelona having led all the teams to worry about excessive tyre degradation, it was a relief to all concerned that in the warmer Australian conditions the medium compound tyres were actually lasting over 20 laps before needing to be swapped out.

"The soft tyre doesn't last too long, but the harder tyre is a decent race tyre," agreed Vettel, who was happy to be back in action after the long offseason. "After all the mileage of testing, it was fun to be out there – this circuit doesn't get easier, it's a good challenge."

But neither driver was taking anything for granted in terms of how the rest of the weekend would go for them.

"Today was a good day and the balance was good, but we need to be ready for what's coming up," cautioned Vettel.



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15.03.2013- Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
15.03.2013- Free Practice 1, Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB9
15.03.2013- Free Practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
15.03.2013- Free Practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9
07.09.2014 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
07.09.2014 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
07.09.2014 - Race, Stefano Domenicali (ITA) and Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
07.09.2014 - Race, Jean Todt (FRA), President FIA and Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
07.09.2014 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
07.09.2014 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
07.09.2014 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
07.09.2014 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
07.09.2014 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
07.09.2014 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
07.09.2014 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
07.09.2014 - Race, Fabiana Flosi (BRA), Wife of Bernie Ecclestone and Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
07.09.2014 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10
07.09.2014 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10

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Ptolemy - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 7:22 PM

Firestorm, The difference in the era of Ferrari domination and Red Bull domination is that the rulemakers waited until Ferrari had won 5 titles in a row before they made up a special rule to destroy them. The one tire per race rule that they apparently had prior knowledge that Bridgestone would struggle to cope with. With Red Bull they have been constantly making up new rules to ban whatever aspect of the car that Adrian was perfecting. They have even "changed the rules in the middle of the game" when they threw a wrench into Red Bulls workings in the middle of the season over diffuser blowing. Oh, and you forgot to mention that both cars were driven by Germans at the top of their game. Wonder how long this new young German can hold out in the face of the greedy and jealous people who control the sport? VOLLGAS SEBSATIAN !!!!!!!!

John - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 2:30 PM

Up until now Red Bull have not enjoyed dominance of the sort Ferrari had in the early 2000's or McLaren had in the late 1980's. Perhaps they're going to do so this year, but I very much doubt it.



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