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F1 races to the start of new season

F1 races to the start of new season

MOTO F1: World champion Sebastian Vettel said his back-to-back title triumphs in the last two years would count for little when the 2012 Grand Prix season gets underway in Australia on March 18.

Thursday 9 February 2012, 09:22AM

On the day when Red Bull used the internet to unveil their new “fourth generation” RB8 car, which they hope will continue their dominance of the sport, the 24-year-old German took the time out to dwell on his hopes of making it a hat-trick of world titles.

“It’s difficult to say (what will happen). Every season we start from zero again,” Vettel said.

“Unlike other sports, in tennis for instance, you’re the number one in the world and there is a certain gap between you and the number two.

“Whereas for us it all starts from zero again, zero points, where everyone has the same chance and we are all building our new cars.

“Until we put the new cars on track to race each other we don’t really know. So we’ll see, but I’m as confident as I can be at this point.

“Hopefully we will have a good couple of days testing with the car to prepare well for the season.”

The new RB8 car, designed by Adrian Newey and unveiled on the Internet, showed it to have the same “platypus” snubbed nose as all the other cars this season with the exception of McLaren.

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Webber was set to have the first opportunity to take to the track in the new car when the first tests took place on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Vettel taking over for Thursday and Friday.

Vettel had his second world title last year sown up by early October with three races still to go. Team-mate Marc Webber went on to take third place.

Together, their all-conquering Red Bulls dominated the constructors championship, finishing well ahead of McLaren and Ferrari.

Their performances prompted Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone to declare that he would prefer if there was more of a competition in the sport and Vettel agrees that he has set himself near impossibly high standards.

“The target is obviously to try to do it again, to get everything out of ourselves, so we’ll see how we get on with the new car."    


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