• Bahrain Grand Prix - FP2

Red Bull not the favourite - Vettel

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sebastian Vettel: "We made a step forward, but we see where we are tomorrow" © Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel does not believe that Red Bull is favourite to challenge for victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix after Friday's practice sessions.

Vettel was second quickest in FP1 and then third fastest in the second session as he returned to the newer exhaust layout having run an old version in China. With Red Bull also displaying good pace during long runs in the afternoon the team looks in good shape for the race on Sunday, but Vettel was keen to play down expectations.

"We did a lot of running today, so that's good," Vettel said. "Regarding set-up, I think we got the answers in China that we were looking for and that's helped us here. We now need to see where we are against what everyone else did today. It's very hot here, so the tyres are suffering a little as a result, but it's the same for all teams.

"I think others are the favourites this weekend, but we are focusing on ourselves and pushing hard. We made a step forward, but we see where we are tomorrow."

Though Jenson Button described Red Bull as "surprisingly very quick", team principal Christian Horner said the two Mercedes-powered teams would be the front-runners.

"We expect Mercedes and McLaren to be very strong at this track," Horner said. "We believe it plays to the strengths of their cars, but we will try our best to take the fight to them."