Red Bull wary of Ferrari and Lotus
19 April 2013 – Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have labelled Ferrari and Lotus as their biggest rivals for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, with the pair expecting both teams to provide a significant challenge in qualifying on Saturday afternoon.
Vettel, who ended the day third fastest, admitted that he "wasn't so happy" about his shorter runs at the Sakhir venue on Friday, but expects an improvement tomorrow.
"It’s pretty close," explained Vettel. "If you look at the opposition then Ferrari and Lotus were strong today and I think it will be close in qualifying. It’s important to work with the tyres around the track. I wasn’t so happy with my short runs today – but that’s why we have the Friday practice sessions I guess; I was happier with the longer runs.
"The tyres still seem to be the dominating factor. The car seems quick, so we have to make sure we use that and then we should be on the right page."
Despite ending the day second fastest to Kimi Räikkönen, Webber says the team needs to make overnight improvements to feel comfortable about its position.
"I would have liked to have got some more running in P2, but I still think we learned what we expected today," said the 36-year-old. "Saturdays are perhaps becoming less important overall than they used to be, but they’re still important in terms of traffic.
"You don’t want to be in too much traffic on Sunday, as the tyres don’t like being disturbed and wear more which will shorten your first stint. We still have areas to improve on the car. Lotus and Ferrari look strong and Mercedes is there too."
Webber, who joined the sport in 2002, will take part in his 200th race this weekend.