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Vettel 'encouraged' by Red Bull progress

ESPN Staff
March 23, 2014 « Red Bull hearing set for April 14 | Australian GP race chief to retire from post »
No raining on Sebastain Vettel's parade ... in public at least © Sutton Images

Despite a wretched weekend in Melbourne where he qualified way down the grid and then retired after five laps, Sebastian Vettel said he believed Red Bull is doing better than he had expected.

"We still have a lot of work to do with the car but it was encouraging to see that our pace was better than expected in Australia," he said. "Hopefully we can build on that and start collecting some strong points in the next two races."

For Vettel, a return to Malaysia will bring back unwelcome memories. It was at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix he ignored team orders to snatch victory from erstwhile team-mate Mark Webber. The pair's already frosty relationship grew colder, while Vettel's public image was severely tarnished.

He said that the Sepang International Circuit posed some difficult problems. "Beside the challenge of the circuit, you have to cope with the tropical heat. We can be driving in humidity of up to 90%, while big thunderstorms in the afternoon are not uncommon."

With the race taking place in the monsoon season, wet weather usually affects the weekend at some point.