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F1 Australian Grand Prix: Friday running ‘a big relief’ for Vettel

Sebastian Vettel admits it was "a big relief" for Red Bull to complete reliable running in Melbourne
Sebastian Vettel admits the running Red Bull managed to achieve during Friday practice for the Australian Grand Prix was “a big relief”.

After a tough pre-season of testing during which Red Bull had numerous reliability problems – including a day at the final test where Vettel failed to complete a lap – Friday at Melbourne saw both cars setting times inside the top 10. Vettel alone completed 51 laps across the two sessions and set the fourth fastest time in FP2, and admitted afterwards that the day had panned out better than expected.

“It was very good, obviously, and a big relief,” Vettel said. “A lot of work went in to this. I think the biggest difference is that we got new parts; not necessarily performance parts but new parts. We didn't have the spares for testing and ended up with a fix here or there so I think that's the biggest difference.

“Neither of us had big problems today, the cars were running and the balance felt very good. In terms of speed obviously we know that there is still a lot to come but so far it feels very good.”

And Vettel also said he had gained more confidence in the RB10 after relatively trouble-free running, but isn't getting carried away by the progress made.

“I think every lap right now is useful. Obviously I've done a lot of laps in my life but not so much in this car and in these conditions. It's a lot of new stuff for the whole team, for myself and step-by-step we have to take each step and make sure we don't rush anything. Today was a very good day and let's build on that.”

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March 14, 2014 9:38 AM

good to see red bull with its reliability sort of sorted. and i bet its all smiles in the garage after a good outing in both fp1 and fp2, not going to look into ricciardo and vettels times as these are probably most irrelevant out the top runners as they were just getting laps in but even the times were not shabby so good job there by redbull since bahrain.


March 14, 2014 10:33 AM

Interestingly, Seb was always about one or two tenths quicker than Webber on a consistent basis. The gap to Ricciardo? About two tenths. It will be an interesting side plot as we watch the season unfold to see if Ricciardo can close this gap.

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