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Sebastian Vettel believes pre-season testing has been 'less conclusive' than ever this year, with the reigning World Champion struggling to uncover any significant clues about the current Formula 1 pecking order after the trio of gatherings in Spain.
The Red Bull driver, who has admitted to issues with Pirelli's new tyre compounds, says it is impossible to predict who is main rivals will be at the Australian Grand Prix.
"I would say that we never had a winter that was less conclusive than this one: the tyres last more or less, depending on how much temperature you are able to create," Vettel explained to the official Formula 1 website. "I think it is impossible for all of us to read the pace of the cars and to make out any favourites."
Vettel also discussed the pace-setting times posted by Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg on the final two days of last week's Barcelona test, but alluded to fuel loads making a significant difference.
"We all saw the lap times, but it is a bit unclear at this stage what kind of tyres give what step to you and, regarding the fuel load, I think it sure helps to have a bit less in the car!" Vettel added. "But honestly, we have to look after ourselves. We haven’t been able to tick all the boxes we would have liked to and the last two days weren’t as good as we had expected, but there is a bit of time left until the season starts."
Vettel is scheduled to spend some time in the Red Bull simulator and with his engineers this week before heading to Melbourne for the opening race of the season.
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