Vettel: No point getting emotional

Saturday 01-March-2014 16:06

Sebastian Vettel is refusing to let Red Bull's problems get to him as the team hit their lowest point yet on Saturday.

Scheduled to drive the RB10 on the final two days of testing in Bahrain, Vettel was not able to complete even a single lap on Saturday.

The reigning World Champ was a late starter only for his car to break down on his installation lap.

Attempting a second run later in the day, Vettel didn't even make it out of the pit lane.

But despite the team's woes, the German is adamant Red Bull can bounce back.

"We thought we would be in a much better place this week compared to last week. That hasn't really been the case," Autosport quoted Vettel as saying.

"There's no point being too emotional at this stage. We really have to take it step by step.

"We know how serious it is, especially inside the team - on Renault's side and our side. We've been a team the last five years and things have been fantastic.

"There were difficult days and difficult times - when we had the engine blow up with two races to go [in 2010], nearly deciding the Championship, which wasn't great. There were other faults on our side, and on the driver's side. We are a team. These things happen.

"There's no reason to paint everything black. We know that it's a difficult time but everyone is aware of that and motivated to get out of it, get going and find out where we are."

He added: "I think some things will calm down just by the fact that in two weeks' time we'll have lots of new parts.

"Obviously we've had quite a lot of problems and therefore damaged quite a lot of parts which are not available overnight, and also we are in Bahrain so it's not that easy to fix things. That will get better once we get to Australia."

And once the car is going and its reliability issues solved, Vettel is confident the RB10 will be up there at the front.

"With the very, very few laps we did, the car felt good," said Vettel. "I was very happy with the car.

"Obviously it's a step back from last year in terms of overall grip, but it wasn't too bad.

"There's hope on that front."

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