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Formula One: Sebastian Vettel concedes that Mercedes will dominate at Bahrain GP

Published on Apr 4, 2014 4:28 PM
 
Formela One driver Sebastian Vettel of Infiniti Red Bull Racing speaks during a press conference on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Sakhir circuit in Manama ahead of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. Vettel admitted on Thursday that he was braced for another weekend of Mercedes domination at the Bahrain Grand Prix. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANAMA, Bahrain (AFP) - Defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel admitted on Thursday that he was braced for another weekend of Mercedes domination at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The German driver, who has seen Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton sweep to opening wins in Australia and Malaysia in the dominant Mercedes, believes the Sakhir circuit will also suit his rivals.

"Here the track is a quite tricky one, as you have got a lot of straights, and therefore we have got to save quite a lot of fuel on Sunday compared to Malaysia," said the four-time champion. "And already in testing, and for sure at the first two races, we have seen that Mercedes has the strongest package. They are way quicker than us on the straights, so it will be difficult to keep up with them."

But Vettel, who retired on the fifth lap in Melbourne before claiming third place in Malaysia, is confident that Red Bull are making progress after their winter and early-season setbacks.

 
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