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Vettel: Mercedes are still out of reach

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The Red cars ready to challenge with Silver-arrows, Ferrari made a strong start to the F1 2015 season in Melbourne.

New Ferrari speedy Sebastian Vettel has been almost three quarters of a second behind in third, and his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen set fourth fastest also the duo perfectly made respectable mileage.

But four-time world champion claims that Mercedes are still out of reach and today’s lap times are not so important.

Sebastian Vettel: “It was a good day with no problems on the car. It looks like the hard work done during the winter, both on track and at the factory at Maranello, is paying off. Our positive trend goes on, notably as far as reliability is concerned. I can’t think of such a trouble-free Friday session in a long time.”

“As for performance, the higher you are in the timesheets, the better: but then it’s only Friday and I’ve been in Formula 1 long enough to know that today’s lap times are not so important. Mercedes are out of reach, we must be realistic: but every team and driver strives for being eventually on top, and we can be pleased with the work we’ve done today”.

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a typical Friday of free practice. In the first session I could not drive very well and it was difficult to put a good lap together. So, for the second session, we made some changes to the car before the long-runs and, in the end, the feeling was better.”

“Now if we can put everything together and find a good lap, we should be OK. It was a positive day overall, and the feeling hasn’t changed since winter testing: I think the whole package has improved. On the other hand, it’s only Friday, and we know we still have a lot of work to do”.

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