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Red Bull has 'a lot more to do' - Vettel

ESPN Staff
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Sebastian Vettel ran a Drag Reduction Device on Friday as he set the fourth fastest time © Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel says Red Bull has "a lot more to do" to ensure it is competitive come the first race in Melbourne.

After the opening day of the final test Mark Webber was keen to stress that Red Bull was not clear out front as the quickest team, and said it would be a close start to the season. After his penultimate day in the RB9 Vettel agreed and said he is expecting one team may be able to fare better in Melbourne than the others just by reacting best to the warmer conditions.

"I think it's very difficult to know in terms of pace where we are now, so a rough idea is [that] it's fine, we're happy with the balance, happy with the way the car behaves so then I think that's a positive for us," Vettel said. "But whether that's enough or not we don't know at this stage so of course there's a lot more to do.

"I think to be fair, conditions now are very different to what we'll see in Melbourne, so I don't think it's a surprise if all of a sudden someone deals better with the conditions we face there instead of the cold testing here. Overall I think it's got a bit tighter again this year so I think it will be close until the end I guess, and we are not even at the beginning."

Red Bull ran a Drag Reductions Device on Vettel's car during the morning session on Friday but Vettel was eager not to go in to any detail about how the test had gone.

"I didn't see anything. I don't check my mirrors much!"