Vettel has low expectations ahead of Australian GP

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Four-time Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel travels to the season opening Australian Grand Prix with low expectations.

“First of all, just getting to the finish would be a success,” Vettel told broadcaster Servus TV. “If half the drivers fail to finish, then maybe we could take a few points.”

The 26-year-old is bidding for a fifth consecutive world title when the season kicks off in Melbourne on March 16, but endured a particularly frustrating four-days of testing the new Red Bull car in Bahrain, which concluded on Sunday.

Vettel failed to complete a single lap in testing on Saturday due to electrical issues and problems with the car’s Renault engine.

Williams’ Felipe Massa posted the fastest time in Bahrain, clocking 1:33.258, closely followed by Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who was just 0.06 seconds, slower while Vettel came in 18th fastest overall with teammate Daniel Ricciardo tenth.

Vettel finished Sunday’s final testing ninth fastest, 4.190 secs slower than Hamilton’s best, after suffering a spin after a brake failure, but still managed to completed 77 laps, his highest mileage of the winter on a single day. (AFP)

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