Vettel: Red Bull behind in many areas
2 March 2014 – Sebastian Vettel has conceded that Red Bull is behind its rivals "in a lot of areas" after a challenging pre-season test period, but he remains confident of making progress ahead of the first race in Australia.
On his final day of testing in Bahrain, Vettel was prevented from completing his first full race simulation at the wheel of the RB10 by an apparent brake failure, which sent the German sliding uncontrollably into the Turn 1 gravel trap and led to a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
He is confident, however, that the data gathered before and after the stoppage will allow the team to make gains over the two-week break.
"We tried to do a race distance today; for one reason or another that didn't work out, but in two weeks' time things should look a little bit different," explained current World Champion Vettel, who recovered to bring his lap tally up to 77 before the chequered flag fell.
"We know we have to catch up in a lot of areas, but that said, I'm happy today.
"We did a lot of laps, we learned a lot and it was a positive end to a tough week here."
Vettel added that, due to its issues, it is not worth predicting where Red Bull will be in the pecking order.
"It's difficult to know where the car is," he said. "It's not just the number of laps you do, but also the type.
"There are so many different running options, not just with tyres and high or low fuel, but there are engine options as well – full power, low power etc, so it's impossible to say where we are at the moment."
Only Marussia and Lotus finished below Red Bull on the overall pre-season testing mileage charts.