Sebastian Vettel reckons McLaren will be the team to beat this weekend in China, however, is feeling a lot happier with his RB8 after Friday's practice.
Unhappy with the handling of his Red Bull racer at the Malaysian Grand Prix, Vettel opted to make a change ahead of this weekend's race in Shanghai, switching to the exhaust design that was used during pre-season testing.
It was clear by the timesheets that the reigning World Champion was feeling a lot more comfortable with the car as he was once again fighting at the front.
Vettel finished Friday's second practice in third place, 0.187s behind Michael Schumacher and just 0.015s adrift of Lewis Hamilton, who he reckons is looking good.
"It is tight between the cars. I haven't seen everything, but I think overall we can be quite happy," Vettel said.
"We tried a lot of things today and now we need to go through everything and see what the best set-up is.
"If you look at the car, you can see a big difference compared to the set-up we used for Malaysia, but driving it's hard to say, as I don't have a comparison to this track.
"It's cooler here than at the last two races; I felt more comfortable, but we'll see.
"It's tricky to say if we look competitive. McLaren look good in all conditions."
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