Vettel satisfied with RB7 debut

By on Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Sebastian Vettel declared himself to be satisfied with the way the first day of testing went for Red Bull Racing.

"I think generally it is better to be on top of the rankings rather than being on the other end," Vettel acknowledged.

"It was the first day and it was most important to do laps, which we did - we did around 93 laps and that is quite an achievement and looking back it is something that we never got quite as good on the first day over the last two or three years, so that is a very good sign.

"On top of it I feel quite comfortable in the car, I enjoyed myself today and I think it was a good start."

Vettel was also pleased to send a message to Red Bull's rivals, but stressed that it was very early days.

"Today was day one for most of us, and it is a long, long way – long testing season, before we start racing again in Bahrain and then a very, very long season – 20 races – so even if you start with the best car, things can change so you need to keep the development up," he said.

"Right now, we have just done the first step and we can be happy and proud of what we have achieved so far. It is day one and not much time between Abu Dhabi and here – 10 weeks – but for the guys to build a car that has no issues is, I reckon, good news."

When asked on the reigning champions' rivals, Vettel was reluctant to elaborate.

"It is difficult to say at this stage, we haven't seen all the cars, particularly the McLaren car, it is not yet out on track," Vettel said.

"This was the first day so very hard to draw conclusions with so little running so we need to have more running on track to see where we are.

"It is practice for all of us, different programmes, different days and we need to be aware of the big teams – hopefully us – and besides us I guess McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes, the logical ones, and who knows, a surprise like Renault who perhaps have an interesting concept from what we saw yesterday. So we will see.

"I think in general it is different to last year, so many things changed, especially with the diffuser, floor of the car, less complexity compared to last year, floors fairly simple and the same for all of us, and a lot of buttons to press this year.

"So we will see how we get on with that – new tyres on top. The car does feel a bit different but after all not that much."


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