Vettel: Red Bull on the right track
Despite a disastrous winter testing period, the Milton Keynes-based outfit has managed to turn its fortunes around. Vettel has scored two podium finishes so far in 2014 and his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo stormed to victory in Canada after the Mercedes drivers hit trouble.
The Renault-powered RB10 has proved to be the second fastest car on the grid and Vettel feels the team is continuing to make steps forward.
“We are making progress, but that is easier said than done as sometimes you take one step forward one weekend and the next you take one step back,” he told the official Formula 1 website.
“There is a lot of experimenting going on as the tools that we have are very different to those we had last year.
“Setting them up and making them communicate with each other in the right manner – and giving you the right feeling in the car – is quite complicated, as it is not a case of okay let’s change this or that and then we’ve solved the problem. I think we are on the right track. There is already a big improvement in how comfortable I feel in the car.”
He also commented on the never-ending speculation that he could possibly move to Ferrari in the future. “Ha, these kinds of rumours come up once a year, so I am never surprised when it is ‘Ferrari rumour’ time again.”
It was recently announced that Adrian Newey will take a step back from the F1 team and will work on new Red Bull projects. Is that a warning signal for Vettel to switch teams?
“Not at all,” he said. “I have known Adrian now for quite some years – we’ve had fantastic victories together – and I know he loves motor racing so much that he will always be around. I really can’t see him doing something else to be honest. ”
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Jack Leslie is a freelance motorsport journalist. He has been part of the Richland F1 team since the very start and made his debut in the F1 paddock for the website at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Jack also writes for Car Throttle and RumbleStripNews, as well as running a popular blog.