Sebastian Vettel has said that his new team’s car, the Red Bull RB5, will get even better before season’s start. The German, who along with team-mate Mark Webber has been testing the car at Jerez this week, told the official Formula One website that the new car was going to improve more before the first race in Melbourne. The RB5 is one of the dark horses to upset the conventional order of things in 2009, after strong performances and good reliability.
“It’s a very good impression so far,â€ he said.
“It is still not one hundred per cent, but the car so far is quite reliable, fresh out-of-the-box since we started here in Jerez at the beginning of February. It seems to go better and better.
“Actually, the first feeling was right, as straightaway I was pretty happy with the car’s balance. We have had some modifications [since then], but nothing big. For the next test, we will get some new parts but nothing dramatic.’
Vettel emphasised that reliability would be the key to success in 2009.
“Our focus right now is to make the car reliable and sort out the small problems that we had. The saying goes that if you want to finish first, first you have to finish, so the paramount factor is reliability and here we are going according to plan. We are not perfect yet, but we are not far off.’
Testing today in Jerez has continued to be affected by adverse and changeable weather conditions.