By Phillip Horton on Sunday, March 17, 2013
Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber say there are reasons to be optimistic in spite of slipping back during the Australian Grand Prix.
Vettel and Webber locked out the front row but finished third and sixth respectively in Melbourne.
“I think you’re always a little disappointed when you start first and don’t finish first, but overall it was a good weekend for us,” said Vettel.
“We had a good day today with a pole and a podium – but in the race we were a little too aggressive with the tyres and lost the front and the rears, while others did a little better. There are always areas where you can improve, but the result we got today is fair. We didn’t see Kimi on the track, he was too quick and Fernando jumped us at a vulnerable time – but we can be happy with third.”
Webber believes a few issues cost him in the race.
“We had a few issues on the grid, getting the telemetry from the car to the pits, which wasn’t ideal in terms of the guys knowing where to set everything up for the start,” he said.
“We lost KERS also for the first part of the race. It looked like we were quite heavy on the first set of tyres and we weren’t that quick to challenge for the win as a team today. We had a slow pit stop (which was due to a front jack failure), which put me behind Jenson. We salvaged something in the end, but that was Melbourne today and it was disappointing not to get more out of it. It was hard to fight against others on a two-stop.”
Team principal Christian Horner added that his team will head to Malaysia with optimism.
“Starting from the front row, third and sixth obviously wasn’t the result we were targeting, but all things considered with the way that the race panned out, I think it was the optimum we could achieve.”
“We leave this race knowing we’ve got a good car and we’re looking forward to warmer temperatures in Malaysia next week.”