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Vettel: McLaren has the upper hand

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Defending world champion Sebastian Vettel says that their main rival McLaren has the upper hand in the current situation of the performance ahead of this weekend’s Malaysian GP. McLaren currently leading after the 2012 round one, in Australian the McLaren duo dominated in qualifying and almost entire race.

“I think at the moment they (McLaren) have the upper hand,” Vettel said ahead of this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix. “They showed it here. But, whether they still have it next week remains to be seen.

“Surely they look very strong, they had an excellent winter. Pre-season testing was very good for them and they seem to be in very good shape, whereas there are a lot of things we need to do to catch up. Hopefully we will be able to do that and beat them.”

Vettel talk about last weekend Australian GP, the German satisfied with Melbourne start and the RB8 pace was pretty good and he was happy with the car.

“I think we had a very good start and I was able to find a rhythm quickly and get past a couple of people, especially the Mercedes’ because to get them is usually quite tricky,” he added. “They are usually quite quick on the straights and we saw that last year a couple of times that many people got frustrated behind them, so that was crucial.

“The pace was pretty good and I was happy with the car. It was an important race for us to learn about the car and the potential was there. Surely Jenson deserved to win, so congratulations to him and the McLarens, but to finish ahead of Lewis was great.”


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