Vettel says McLaren looked very strong

Sebastian Vettel admits that their main competitor McLaren looked very strong and still trust Red Bull will able to close McLaren pace.

Hamilton dominated today both session at Sepang, and his team-mate Jenson Button also looking strong. Defending world champion finished second in last race at Melbourne a head of Lewis Hamilton but this helped safety car. Vettel also admits that he didn’t know if Red Bull would be challenging McLaren for pole position.

“It is hard to say,” Vettel told Autosport. “McLaren looked very strong today, morning and afternoon. I haven’t seen the long runs, I think we are closer by the looks of it in long-run pace so we will see what we can do.”

“I’m not entirely happy maybe. This afternoon I would have liked to have been further up but it is one lap you are looking at. All in all we had decent running today – but there is still a lot to do. I am not entirely happy yet but it is not as if we expected that all our problems would be solved within three hours today.

“The run was not perfect because otherwise we would have been higher up, but before that and after that it was quite OK. It was a one-off and didn’t use the tyre as much as we should have. So I am not entirely happy yet.”

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