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Malaysian GP: Vettel eyes 'strong points'

Four-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel was encouraged by the pace of the Red Bull RB10 in Australia but after retiring early on will have only one goal in Malaysia, namely to open his points account for the 2014 F1 season.
Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel has set his sights on notching up some 'strong points' in the next two back-to-back races in Malaysia and Bahrain.

Vettel was forced to retire from the 2014 F1 season opener in Australia last weekend due to a mechanical issue. However, with Daniel Ricciardo initially finishing a strong second in the sister car - prior to his exclusion due to fuel-flow irregularities, the German was still encouraged, especially given how the Milton Keynes-based outfit had struggled in winter testing.

“We still have a lot of work to do with the car but it was encouraging to see that our pace was better than expected in Australia – hopefully we can build on that and start collecting some strong points in the next two races,” Vettel confirmed ahead of the second round in the 2014 F1 World Championship.

“Next stop is Kuala Lumpur, which I like as a city. Downtown can sometimes seem sterile, but then you turn a corner and the streets burst into life with the night markets. Whenever I have time I try to go there and see what they have to offer.”

Vettel has won the Malaysian GP three times in the last four years and will clearly be hoping to at least get on the podium in seven days time.

“Looking to the track, the two overtaking possibilities are the first corner and before the last corner, which in both cases is after a long straight; my favourite corners are five and six,” he continued.

“Beside the challenge of the circuit, you have to cope with the tropical heat [too]. We can be driving in humidity of up to 90 per cent, while big thunderstorms in the afternoon are not uncommon,” he added.

Meanwhile, he also noted that he is looking forward to heading back to the BIC straight after the event at Sepang: “From Malaysia we go to Bahrain, where we've recently been for winter testing, so it will feel quite familiar and after the high humidity in Malaysia it will be nice to go to dry heat. Because the circuit is in the middle of the desert, sand can be blown up in the wind on to the racing line.

"The circuit has a nice combination of fast, slow and medium corners and is pretty technical to drive. I also like the rosewater they have instead of champagne!” remarked Vettel, who won at the Sakhir circuit in 2013 and 2012, and was second in 2009 and fourth in 2010.

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15.03.2014- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
15.03.2014- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
15.03.2014- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
15.03.2014- Qualifying, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
16.03.2014- Race, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR9 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
14.03.2014- Free Practice 1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10
14.03.2014- Free Practice 2, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB10

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March 24, 2014 2:34 PM

Bear one thing in mind folks. To be a top level pilot, be it car, bike or jet fighter there is one thing that above all else is a pre-requisite. Lack of emotion or the ability to control it. This does result in some comments from said pilots that may seem brutal and mean. But this is not the intention of the pilots. They look at life in a very different way to most of us. I think that Sebastian falls into this category. And lets not forget that the F1 crowd is focused on winning at all costs. A history of cheating has shown us this. Tampering with components or taking out other drivers etc has occurred and will happen again. If this is not for you then look elsewhere for your entertainment. Personally F1 does not appeal to me but that is no reason to rubbish a driver when there are others who have the opposite view to me. If you don´t like the movie then leave. But why stay and throw popcorn at the audience?

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