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Australian GP: Red Bull still favourites for 2013 title, consistency key to success


By Berthold Bouman

Australian GP: Red Bull still favourites for 2013 title, consistency key to success - Photo: InfinityAfter months of preparations, Red Bull Racing is also looking forward to the first race of the FIA Formula One World Championship, the Australian GP in Melbourne. Although Red Bull haven’t shown any signs they will dominate the season as they did during the previous three years, they are still the favourites for this year’s Formula One crown.

Sebastian Vettel: Target to improve the car

Red Bull did encounter some reliability problems during testing, but triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel isn’t really too worried about it. But he’s uncertain about the Pirelli tyres, and commented, “Testing was good for us as a whole but surely we would have loved to have had more consistency. Especially from a tyre point of view, I think all the teams suffered the same kind of problem, therefore it was difficult to really read the changes and the steps that we tried to make but that’s how it is.”

Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel - Photo: Red Bull Racing

Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel – Photo: Red Bull Racing

He also admitted the RB9 needs some improvements, “You always tend to think that [there’s not much to improve] but then the people from the aero department turn out with some new parts and there’s always going to be a step. I think the target is there to really improve the car by a lot, use the time in the races that we have but for now for sure it’s to understand a little bit more with the new parts that we put on the car and find the right direction.”

Mark Webber: New Race Engineer

The biggest change for Mark Webber is that he has a new Race Engineer for this season, as Ciaron Pilbeam moved to Lotus, while Kimi Raikkonen’s Race Engineer, Simon Rennie, moved to Red Bull to be Webber’s new Race Engineer. “This is part of Formula One,” said the Australian, “Unfortunately there are sometimes changes but it’s moved in a way so that everyone is still positive to work with and we have a fresh start and a new environment.”

“But,” he added, “We have a great engineer in Simon Rennie and [he] has a very good pedigree. I’ve been working well with him in winter testing along with Gavin Ward, my Performance Engineer, and the three of us are starting off very quickly.”

Of course his home Grand Prix is the highlight of the season and asked how special this race is, he replied, “I’ve been on the podiums at most tracks around the world and have won at quite a few circuits and Melbourne is one which I would like to add to that. I really enjoy driving at the track, the atmosphere is fantastic.”

“Of course I want to go there and perform well, so I’ll be focusing on myself to get the job done. The champagne will taste a little bit better in Melbourne if I get on the podium there!”

Also read:

Red Bull Australian GP Preview
Ferrari Australian GP Preview
McLaren Australian GP Preview
Lotus Australian GP Preview
Mercedes Australian GP Preview
Sauber Australian GP Preview
Force India Australian GP Preview
Williams Australian GP Preview
• Toro Rosso Australian GP Preview
Caterham Australian GP Preview
Marussia Australian GP Preview

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