Formula One News » Sebastian Vettel: It will be close at the front Posted on 08/02/2013
With minimal rule changes and many cars an evolution of last year, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel says the season will be â€śat least as tight as last yearâ€ť.
Rules for the 2013 F1 season have remained stable with only minor changes such as the ban on the double DRS system as pioneered by Mercedes and the use of DRS only in the specified zones.
“It might be that there is a favourite after these three tests, but it could turn out to be completely the opposite in Australia because it’s a different track, a different characteristicâ€ť
“I expect it to be at least as tight as last year, the regulations haven’t really changed, so it’s difficult to make up a lot of ground and equally if you’re at the front it’s difficult to find something else that makes you a lot quicker.
“That’s the same for everyone but the car feels good so far, I think from the outside there’s not that much new but mostly stuff underneath and that all seemed to work in terms of reliability which is now the most important thing.”
When asked about Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes and wether he could challenge Vettel, he replied
“Yes, of course, the way least season started with a lot of different teams and drivers winning races, there’s nothing that speaks against that happening again this year.â€ť
“The regulations haven’t really changed, and at some stage I think it will get even closer at the top and so everyone is in the hunt.â€ť
“We saw last year Williams set some highlights, winning in Barcelona – not because they were lucky but because they were fast.â€ť
“Even if after the last Barcelona test you have a certain favourite, it could all be different in Australia.”