Vettel keeping an eye on “dangerous” Mercedes

2013 F1 season

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013Sebastian Vettel has become the latest driver to tip Mercedes are a team to watch ahead of the start of the 2013 season.

“I finally took the chance to watch some of the other teams for a bit,” he told his official website.

“Nico (Rosberg) had a great final day of testing in his Mercedes, which shows how dangerous he and Lewis [Hamilton] will be in the future.”

“But there are a lot of others to keep in mind as well,” he added.

Last week Jenson Button acknowledged the W04 had been “consistently quick and consistent on their runs” during testing.

Mercedes set the quickest time during the eight days of running at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Vettel added he was “fairly happy” with Red Bull’s progress during the off-season. “The team did a great job with the car and both Mark [Webber] and I felt comfortable right away.”

“We haven?t come across any big problems and the smaller ones have been dealt with straight away. The RB9 has been so reliable that it?s been a pleasure to drive. We learned a lot over the winter tests and we?ll be bringing that new knowledge with us to Australia.”

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57 comments on Vettel keeping an eye on “dangerous” Mercedes

  1. David BR2 said on 7th March 2013, 11:35

    But Vettel does say ‘in the future.’ I read that as not ‘this year.’ Whatever that implies.

  2. AlokIn (@) said on 7th March 2013, 13:26

    if all the omens are true then this going to be repeat of 2009 and Lewis will be champion well before Brazil GP.

  3. Paul Barrass said on 7th March 2013, 22:24

    Well, I’m no expert, but as talk on the forum turned to betting, and the William Hill offer, I have just taken the opportunity to put on the first bet of my entire life on Nico Rosberg to win Australia at £50 (25 plus matched 25) at 25/1.
    That’s 25 pounds of my money for a 1250 pounds return, and I deny anyone to say it’s a more foolish bet than whatever odds were available at the time on Pastor winning the Spanish GP last year…
    And so, to turn a phrase, I am putting my money where my mouth is and am prepared to say the Mercedes will be fast this year, but more importantly it will be consistent on the tyres, meaning Rosberg and Hamilton will be able to reproduce form across a variety of races.
    I don’t think they will win either of the titles, but I expect them to mix it up with Ferrari and McLaren a lot more this year, at least over the first third of the season anyway.
    I had high hopes for the Sauber (race win maybe) and Lotus (to push for constant wins and nail second in championship) this year, but testing has been less than revelatory on this front which makes me a little sad, and I am also unsure about the Williams. I think both myself and many other more experienced commentators and pundits expected testing to show a tighter concertina effect in contracting the mid field teams up towards the top end. Instead, everyone seems to have pushed on by roughly the same margins, with Ferrari showing more improvement, and Lotus maybe a little less. The long run pace of the mercedes after Jerez seems genuine, and obviously the showboating on the last two days of testing, whilst not indicative of anyone elses comparative time through testing, show a remarkable improvement over last years pole time and the top testing times of the previous Barcelona tests, although I think that the Rosberg time had very little scope for improvement at all, and was probably on v. low fuel indeedy. Despite that, I do not expect that any other vehicle in testing would have hit the 1:19 mark, meaning the Mercedes is there or thereabouts. The Red Bull, as always on a Newey/Red Bull pairing showed it’s pace off the timesheets, and instead looked very nice indeed through both slow and fast corners thank you very much, and I am predicting that over the course of the year this car is going to be the fastest and the eventual winner of another two championships, but I also think it won’t be quicket over the first three races by any means.

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