Sebastian Vettel: “There are a lot of things that I don’t really like…”

Sebastian Vettel’s ongoing struggle to match team mate Daniel Ricciardo’s impressive form with the Red Bull RB10 have been one the stories of the season so far.

Vettel finished fifth in China, having run second in the early laps.

“The start was good, the first stint I was pretty happy, and then on the primes I was struggling more than we wished,” he said. “In the end obviously the gap to the cars in front is too big.

“I don’t think there was a problem with the car. At the moment he [Ricciardo] just seems to get more out of the car than I do. I’m sure there are a lot of things that I don’t really like at this stage, but in the end we have the same car. The gap for sure is too big to be just something small. In terms of set-up I know there is not too much difference, so we need to have a look, and keep working.”

Vettel insisted he had no problem about letting Ricciardo by after he was told they were on different strategies, although ultimately they both pitted twice.

“Initially I didn’t understand, but once I was told that we were on a different strategy there was no point to block him further, but also if you look at the raw result in the end it was quite obvious that he was quicker today.”

Meanwhile Vettel insisted that overall the team is in a much better position than could have been expected prior to the season.

“Right from the start it’s been a positive start to see that the car is more or less reliable, and see that the car is quick and has potential. We know that our main weakness compared to our rivals in down the straight, and from a driver point of view there’s not much you can do. It should be the easiest part, but we’re struggling with that. We need to obviously work on that front.”

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6 responses to “Sebastian Vettel: “There are a lot of things that I don’t really like…”

  1. Simon

    Ineresting that Red bull (or Vettel at least…) appear to be struggling with a change in tyre spec again. Interesting too that they won’t have the “get out of jail free” card they could play last year.

    I do wonder how how much of this is Vettel struggling opposed to Ricciardo just making a bettert fist of things – suppose that will become one of this year’s $64,000 questions!

  2. Ceej

    For starters, Seb should get his money back for that terrible haircut….

    But he made some poor race decisions too. Why did he fight Rosberg? It just let Alonso scamper off and get a better gap. His race was never against the Mercs. In contrast Alonso just let Rosberg go.

  3. Mike

    Am I the only one that finds it odd that Red Bull always has one teammate significantly slower than the other in the same car…

    • That’s pretty normal, unless you get two drivers with similar driving styles, and car preferences. At least with current approach they have one driver making most of the car, while the other getting maximum to his liking. So they have hedged their bets. Imagine two Vettel like drivers,and both struggling with the car.

  4. floodo1

    vettel + humility = cool

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