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Vettel: Testing was less conclusive than ever

The youngest triple time world champion Sebastian Vettel dissatisfied with pre-season winter testing. The German failed to top the timesheets even once throughout pre-season testing.

Vettel admits that they are not satisfied with testing because Pirelli are not consistent enough, also his team-mate Mark Webber said after his final day testing Red Bull RB9 in a weak position by ‘Small things‘.

“Well, I think we all have been limited by what the tyres can do. It was extremely difficult to read some set-up changes and find a direction with the car as the tyres were simply not good enough.” Vettel told Formula1.com, about the winter testing.

Reigning world champion played down the Mercedes’ pace during the final testing.”We all saw the lap times, but it is a bit unclear at this stage what kind of tyres give what step to you and, regarding the fuel load, I think it sure helps to have a bit less in the car! But honestly, we have to look after ourselves.” Vettel said

“We haven’t been able to tick all the boxes we would have liked to and the last two days weren’t as good as we had expected, but there is a bit of time left until the season starts.”

“It is extremely difficult to pinpoint any exact area we are not satisfied with because the tyres are not consistent enough. We need to have a good look at the data between now and Melbourne to have a better understanding of what to expect in Australia and the first few races of the season. In my opinion lap times didn’t matter all through the winter tests.”

Q: You are the man that everybody wants to beat in Melbourne – what does that mean to you?
SV: Ha, I would say that we never had a winter that was less conclusive than this one: the tyres last more or less, depending on how much temperature you are able to create. So I think it is impossible for all of us to read the pace of the cars and to make out any favourites.

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