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Red Bull committed to making KERS work - Vettel

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sebastian Vettel: "It makes sense to run KERS and it's our target obviously" © Sutton Images
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Sebastian Vettel is confident Red Bull can get its troublesome KERS working at this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

The team left the power boost system off its cars at the opening round in Australia and Mark Webber's unit failed before the start of the Malaysian Grand Prix. Despite the issues, Vettel still won both races and took pole position by 0.7 seconds in Australia without KERS.

Nevertheless, he insists Red Bull is committed to running KERS and said that the current regulations make it a no-brainer.

"I think I said many times that KERS is an advantage this year so to run KERS will actually help you if you're looking for lap time and performance, because compared to two years ago, you obviously don't have any flexibility or any advantage to get by moving the weight distribution and so on," he said. "Your hands are tied this year so it makes sense to run KERS and it's our target obviously.

"We were not proud not to have it in Australia. We were, for the majority of the weekend, able to run it in Malaysia and within that short amount of time I think we made a big step. Obviously now we've only had a couple of days but the guys again have been pushing very hard and I'm confident we will have it in the car, that's for sure and I'm confident that it will work all weekend this weekend. Yes, we will be using it tomorrow -and Saturday and Sunday, I hope."

But despite the push to get KERS on the car, Vettel admitted that controlling the high degradation of the Pirelli tyres would again be the crucial factor for a good result.

"How the tyres behave we will find out probably tomorrow [Friday]," he said. "Melbourne and Malaysia was quite different. It could be that we will have a similar situation here as in Malaysia, but we don't know, we have to confirm. It is a different track again.

"Outside conditions are different, it is quite a bit cooler here, less humid, so as I said I guess tyres will be one of the most important. They always have been and this year with the new tyres we have and the amount of stops we have to face on Sunday they will be important and I guess we will find out a lot more tomorrow."