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Vettel has McLarens in his sights

The German was a disappointing 10th in practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix yesterday.

WORLD CHAMPION SEBASTIAN VETTEL feels Red Bull may be inching closer to the scorching pace set by McLaren in F1 practice yesterday.

The German was a disappointing 10th in practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix and despite admitting he was not entirely pleased with the car, said the team were closing the gap in some areas.

“I haven’t seen the long runs, I think we are closer by the looks of it in long-run pace so we will see what we can do,” Vettel said. ”All in all we had decent running today – but there is still a lot to do. I am not entirely happy yet but it is not as if we expected that all our problems would be solved within three hours today.”

Vettel also conceded with the car not yet at its peak that pole might be unattainable.

“It is hard to say. McLaren looked very strong today, morning and afternoon,” he said. Team-mate Mark Webber finished seventh-fastest and was reasonably pleased with his work on a Sepang circuit that contrasts to the one in Melbourne.

“It wasn’t a bad Friday. We have plenty to go through tonight,” Webber said.  ”It is a different venue altogether to Melbourne. It was a pretty productive day. We got through everything we wanted to get through. It was very good in that sense of the team’s programme.”

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