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Vettel unconcerned by reliability issues

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sebastian Vettel talks to the media on Thursday © Sutton Images
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Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has played down the reliability troubles which have denied him potential race wins in both Bahrain and Australia.

Vettel, who stormed to dominant poles in the opening two grands prix, was hampered by technical gremlins in both races as he recorded a fourth and DNF respectively. While the Red Bulls are considered the fastest cars on the grid, their reliability issues have led many, including three-time world champion Niki Lauda, to write off the team's title chances.

"I don't know what he said but if he said that then we have to prove him wrong," said Vettel. "We have a lot of positives we can take from the first two races. We had a very strong car in qualifying [in Australia] but in the race, for various reasons, we did not finish.

"At the time it is very frustrating. I think we can see that the whole team was down but coming here we can see we are all happy again and we look forward to this race. For sure it is not good and if you want to fight for the championship it is better not having these kind of things, but on the other hand we are only two races into the season and there are so many left so it is not a big deal."