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Vettel concerned about tyres

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Sebastian Vettel was second quickest in FP2 © Sutton Images
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Sebastian Vettel admitted he isn't sure if Red Bull might suffer a repeat of its tyre issues from Melbourne after practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

With high temperatures and an abrasive track surface allied to the rapidly-degrading Pirelli tyres, Vettel said the tyre wear was "pretty severe" on Friday at Sepang. In Melbourne, Vettel took a dominant pole position but then failed to convert that in to a race victory as the Red Bull struggled to look after its tyres and he isn't confident the team has solved the problem.

"We don't know, it's a different place, different tyres," Vettel said. "Today I think tyre wear was pretty severe for everyone. You end up going round way under the car so it's not a lot of fun but that's how it is, it's the same for everyone. We need to try a couple of things to make it better; we tried today, now obviously it's up to us to hopefully learn the right lesson and make a step forward."

Vettel also said he wasn't too sure of Red Bull's race pace due to a rain-interrupted afternoon session.

"This afternoon obviously we couldn't do that much because of the weather. We did a little bit this morning; I think it looked pretty OK. We've got some footage as well to look at but it doesn't look very nice.

"I hope we have enough tyres to survive the race; tyre wear was obviously quite big today for everyone so we will see. Tomorrow's a different day, there could be some rain, we saw how quickly things can change but that's Malaysia."