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Reigning Formula one champion Sebastian Vettel admits the team will find out how much work needs to be done after the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, which takes place from March 14-16.
Red Bull have endured a shocking time in the testing stages in Jerez and Bahrain, encountering numerous problems and at one point failing to complete a single lap, leading to question marks being raised about their title credentials.
To make matters worse for Vettel and co, rivals Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes and Williams have enjoyed a successful period leading up to Melbourne, with each outfit managing to gain valuable results in order to fine tune their cars.
Lewis Hamilton has been in impressive form in the testing stages and has been installed as one of the leading candidates to claim the title he last won back in 2008, being priced at 3.43.
Despite all of the problems that Red Bull have endured, Vettel as the four-time defending world champion is still seen as a good shout for the crown – priced at 4.03, although the German admits that until the Grand Prix in Melbourne is done there is not a lot that the Red Bull team can do to improve, due to the poor pre-season testing.
“The car we use in Melbourne will only be the same car which we tested in winter from the outside,” he said.
“Only in the world of comics would such a process work quickly and immediately. But only in Melbourne will we know how far away from the competition we actually are.”