Vettel: Mercedes Are The Favourite In China

Sebastian Vettel has billed rivals Mercedes, as favourites to win the Chinese Grand Prix. Since last season, it has been a general assumption that Ferrari performs well in hot conditions, while Mercedes perform in cool conditions. The weather for the Chinese Grand Prix is expected to be cold and Vettel has backed the Silver Arrows. […]

Sebastian Vettel has billed rivals Mercedes, as favourites to win the Chinese Grand Prix.

Since last season, it has been a general assumption that Ferrari performs well in hot conditions, while Mercedes perform in cool conditions.

The weather for the Chinese Grand Prix is expected to be cold and Vettel has backed the Silver Arrows.

“I’ve seen the forecast, but you never know,” Vettel said in China.

 

“It’s obviously cooler. It’s a different track, so I think, honestly, the first two races have been quite different, so it’s not that straightforward to predict the third one.

 

“I think overall if you take into account all the testing we did et cetera, then Mercedes is still the favourite going in.

 

“Certainly we’ll try to have a different outcome than that. I think if we do our homework, if we get the car balance right and we get everything together, then it should be a good weekend. I don’t see why not.”

“Well, I think something that happened in Australia can happen. It happened to us last year the other way around,” he added.

 

“I don’t think it has anything to do with being smart. I think we know our numbers, and I think not to go in detail too much and get lost.

 

“I think some of the systems we have can be a bit tricky. I think every team is aware of that.

 

“Then I think for Bahrain obviously we had a different plan going into the race, but we wanted to win, so we had to change it, and it worked out.

 

“I think in the position that we were we, in a way, had nothing to lose, falling back to third was the worst possible result, so we took the risk and it paid off, so I don’t think, again, there was anything Mercedes could’ve done massively different.

 

“In the end we did everything we could, we did everything right, and that was important.”

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