Sebastian Vettel says that Red Bull is better off than it was at this time last year, when the team had issues with both reliability and performance.
Third fastest overall today, Vettel ended his running a little early after what the team described a minor problem with a test item that was being evaluated on the RB9, but otherwise the new car ran without dramas throughout the week.
“I think for the whole team it’s been quite a good test,” said Vettel. “No problems in terms of reliability and we did a lot of laps, so I’m quite pleased with the results. I feel a bit better than last year. I think we had some issues with reliability then, so it seems we have done our homework well.
“Looking ahead, I think the Barcelona test will maybe reveal a bit more, but just because people are running more and teams will play around a bit more there. So if you keep your eyes open you might spot some stuff.
“However, as I’ve said before, we just focus on what we do. In Barcelona we’ll learn more about ourselves and maybe a little bit about our rivals. It should be interesting.”