Vettel: Right now it’s impossible to have any expectations

Sebastian Vettel talks with the media in Bahrain

Sebastian Vettel talks with the media in Bahrain

With Red Bull in a state of crisis Sebastian Vettel has admitted that he has no expectations of defending his Formula 1 World Championship title, and has refused to get into the blame game over the problems that have afflicted the RB10.

When asked by Sky Sport if he felt he could defend his title, and bag a fifth in succession, Vettel replied, “Right now, it’s impossible to have any expectations. Of course, our reliability’s bad at this stage, otherwise I’d be doing a lot more mileage. But also it’s impossible to judge the speed.”

“I think the couple of laps we had it felt okay, but we’ll have to wait until the first race to see what the stopwatch says.”

Sebastian Vettel did finally get mileage on the final day of testing in Bahrain

Sebastian Vettel did finally get mileage on the final day of testing in Bahrain

Despite the problems, Vettel insists that the plan of action to tackle the new season remains the same, “The goal is similar to the last few years. In the beginning, you always start off with limited expectations because we don’t know how competitive we are. And once you realise that you are competitive, you want to win. That’s the target for this year.”

But he cautioned, “Obviously, we have to look at things step-by-step. There’s no point saying that we want to win the championship. First of all, we want to make sure we can do the best job we can, trying to finish the first race and then going from there.”

Renault powered teams have been united in belief that the French car giant will sort out the problems, and not one has yet pointed a finger of blame in their direction.

Sebastian Vettel has done his fair share of walking from broken RB10 to the Red Bull garage in Bahrain

Sebastian Vettel has done his fair share of walking from broken RB10 to the Red Bull garage in Bahrain

Vettel also refuses to get involved in the blame game, “I think it’s not fair to split the two anyway,” he said. “We work with Renault, Renault works with us all year. Surely there’s things that happen on the Renault side and other things that happen on our side, and we are a team. We’ve had a lot of success together, right now we have a difficult time together.”

“The cars are quite complex – to change things can take a lot of time, I think that’s why we’ve lost most of the mileage and track time. We went out, something broke, it took a long time to fix it and then we only got limited running at the end of the day,” explained the quadruple world champion.

Vettel and Red Bull will remain in Bahrain to undertake two days of promotional filming, whereupon they will be allowed 100 km per day for this purpose. At this stage any form of mileage will be vital to them. (GP247)

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  • nakagoli

    It is totally wrong to say that RBR are in a “state of crisis”. Yes, they are behind in testing due to various problems, but they will be able to recover lost ground fairly quickly. Others are having major issues, such as gearboxes, fires etc and are said to be behind, but no comments about being in a “state of crisis”. Vettel has been on the back foot several times before, yet as come through successfully.
    The only subject that is in a state of crisis is…Formula 1! We do not know if anyone will finish at Melbourne, a yet. Lets wait for a few races to see how things pan out!

  • Tamburello1994

    Agreed.

  • RBC

    Every previous crisis Red Bull had was an aero crisis they could solve. This is an engine crisis and it is out of their hands, like the alternators last year. That almost cost them a championship. They are in a major crisis because the garbage engine has now been frozen. Not like aero which could be changed.

  • Tamburello1994

    Cmon Cheats – pay attention!! You know they’ll find a way to cheat their way back to dominance. Its only a matter of time, right? That is, your entire raison d’etre isn’t it? :-)

  • RBC

    If they can find a way they will. But it seems that an aero advantage through an illegal ride height adjuster or a flexi front wing won’t overcome their engine disadvantage. So I doubt their cheating will fix their problems. Aero is Newey’s area of skill and control so that is where he cheats.

  • KevinW

    So, another season of the same tired exaggerations, conspiracy theories and accusations it is then. At least we will have some consistency to look forward to in 2014. Oh boy.

  • RBC

    Facts you can Google but won’t as they don’t agree with your view of the world. Which is why you attack me stating them. Because you love the cheats, and defend them against the facts to justify your love of them.

  • KevinW

    No attack intended. Please continue. This is just auto racing, an entertainment and nothing more. If living the hate gives you joy, indulge it by all means. It is entertaining to those of us who find humor in it, which was my point. FWIW, I love no team, it’s just racing.

  • RBC

    KevinW, you are a liar like RBR. You say “tired exaggerations, conspiracy theories” and claim it isn’t an attack. That is the subtle insults that weak gutless people make. You do that to worm out of them, to pretend you didn’t make them.

    And for the thousands of people who work in F1 (including my brother) and the millions of fans, and sponsors money, it’s not just racing. It is racing, and they are entitled to have teams not cheat. If it’s just racing for you that’s fine, but you are not everyone inside or outside of F1.