Vettel: It's a matter of time before we catch up

By on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel says it is a matter of when, not if, Red Bull will catch up with early leaders Mercedes.

Vettel finished the Malaysian Grand Prix in third place to record his first points of the season and he believes his Red Bull team will catch the outfit which has won both races in 2014.

"The package they [Mercedes] have is very, very strong, we know that but I think for us there’s mostly positives that remain," he said. "After Australia, Daniel [Ricciardo] did a fantastic job here again. I think the car was very competitive, it’s a completely different track, different conditions but we are there and that’s the most important [thing].

"I think it’s much better than what we expected at some stage during the winter. We know that there’s a lot we can do better - because it doesn’t feel great when we are out there racing. Just if you go out on track and listen and look at how the cars behave, on power I think there’s a big difference, we know that.

"I think it’s a question of time, how soon we manage to catch up. And then we try to give them a harder time."

Vettel said that he pondered whether he could take Nico Rosberg for second but ultimately had to settle for the third step of the podium.

"At some stage it looked like we are pretty similar, pretty evenly matched but then it’s like he found another gear, he was pulling away," he said. "In the end I was just trying to get the car home. Obviously Daniel didn't make it for a couple of reasons. All in all it’s good to get another podium after Daniel has been on the podium in Australia. But we still have a long way [to go] these guys are bloody quick, congratulations to them, they did a good but we are trying to catch-up."

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