Vettel concedes beating Mercedes will be difficult

By on Saturday, March 29, 2014
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Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has conceded that beating the Mercedes drivers during the Malaysian Grand Prix will be a difficult proposition.

Vettel missed out on pole position to Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton by 0.055s at Sepang and reckons his rivals have a better package.

"I think we always have a chance to beat everyone, that’s why we’re here," he said. "Obviously, as I said, in terms of a package, I think they have the most competitive package.

"Lewis isn’t digging around, equally, Nico [Rosberg] is doing a very good job. It’s difficult to beat them on the day but it’s not impossible. It would be quite sad to wake up in the morning thinking that you can only finish second or fifth or eighth. We’re here to win.

"We know that in the rain everything is possible, it’s more likely for us to make a mistake, maybe the performance of the car is not that important compared to the dry, to raw dry conditions. We will see what happens tomorrow. If the race is at the same time, I think there is no rain or not so much rain forecast but there’s always a chance around here.

"We will see but I think yesterday was good, today was very good so it should be a good race. I’m keen to find out where we are, where I stand. Obviously I haven’t done a race since Brazil last year so I’m looking forward to tomorrow."

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