Vettel not expecting surprises in Barcelona
10 May 2013 – Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel says he is not expecting any major changes to the Formula 1 pecking order at this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, despite the first significant upgrade packages of the season being applied up and down the pit lane.
The reigning World Champion, who is on course to defend his crown as the quarter mark of the campaign approaches, believes that with the outgoing regulations being so thoroughly explored in recent years, on-track gains will be less profound.
"To be honest, not too much," Vettel told the official Formula 1 website, when asked about the updates Red Bull has brought to the Circuit de Catalunya. "I think that the current rules are so exhausted that no big changes are possible and that is what I think we will see this weekend: no huge surprises. But I also might be wrong…"
The German is also remaining calm over his prospects of claiming a fourth world title.
"It is much too early to make any predictions," explained Vettel, who is the only driver to have registered two Grand Prix victories so far this season. "Who would be so bold as to predict the outcome of a 19-race championship after only four races?
He added: "This weekend we have to concentrate on the modified [Hard compound] tyres - and the work that we have to do before Sunday to get our car right."