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Tyres the early focus for Vettel

“To be honest, not too much,” he smiled, when asked how much change there would be to the RB9, “I think that the current rules are so exhausted that no big changes are possible and that is what I think we will see this weekend: no huge surprises. But I also might be wrong…”

Vettel's two wins from four races – including the controversial success at Sepang – already have sections of the paddock suggesting that the German is on his way to a fourth straight title, but the man himself insists that it is 'much too early to make any predictions'.

“Who would be so bold as to predict the outcome of a 19-race championship after only four races?” he asked, “This weekend we have to concentrate on the modified tyres - and the work that we have to do before Sunday to get our car right.”




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Firestorm - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 11:24 AM

@Name You don't have to worry very much mate. Only the hard tyre is changed a bit. Maybe Lotus and Force India will loose some of their advantage but this would happen anyway because the teams are learning more from the Pirellis as the season progresses. Don't forget that Red Bull has to beat Ferrari too if they want another double title. Now they will be racing in Europe, circuits not designed by Tilke(most of them), and I love very much the European circuits (when I play with my playstation), because they have different characteristics that usually don't suit Red Bull Racing very much(thanks god). Last year Vettel didn't won a single race in Europe.

atxsxsw - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 5:50 PM

I agree that Red Bull has asked for changes to the tires. However, this is about the HARD tires. Red Bull haven't had major issues with the hard tires, or if they did they sure did a good job of hiding it! The 2 races Vettel has won... Sepang (Hard, Medium) and Bahrain (Hard, Medium). The other two races were on the softer tires and were also when we heard Red Bull complaining the loudest. And yes, it was Massa that I heard saying that he wanted changes to the hard tire and I conflated that with Ferrari requesting it. Given the Red Bull's success so far on the hard tires, I would argue that changes specifically to the tires that were unique to the two races they won (the hard tires) and not to any of the other compounds would point to someone beside Red Bull being the primary reason for the change.



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