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'We have a master plan' - Vettel

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Sebastian Vettel: "The car has huge potential and that gives us all a bold feeling" © Getty Images
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Sebastian Vettel is confident Red Bull will start to tap into its car's potential over the next few races and has warned rivals McLaren that his team has a "master plan".

Vettel finished second at the Australian Grand Prix, but admitted his car was not a match for Jenson Button's McLaren. Red Bull was also off the pace of McLaren in qualifying too, which was a reversal on last year's form.

"The car has huge potential and that gives us all a bold feeling," Vettel was quoted by the official Formula One website. "But what this weekend also demonstrated is that we are not where we want to be - but we have a master plan."

He said there would be no quick-fix for the Red Bull's relative lack of one-lap pace, but added that the information the team gathered over the weekend would prove valuable.

"There is not that one single thing that you can switch on or off. This weekend made us understand the car much better - made us a bit wiser - and I hope we can profit from those insights. We leave Melbourne extremely motivated because we don't like the taste of being walked over by McLaren!"

Australian Grand Prix winner Button said he is expecting Red Bull to be stronger on the high-speed Sepang circuit next weekend.

"The Red Bull is strong," Button said. "They are probably not as strong as we expected in qualifying, but in the race they are. Somehow it swept over from last year where we haven't been so strong in qualifying but in the race we were. Watch out for them in Malaysia, as they will be strong there. But we also will be there trying to stop their ambitions."