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Vettel had to start dead last in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago after being penalized when his car stopped at the end of qualifying. Race stewards ruled he had insufficient fuel to be tested, as required by the FIA. Even with that setback, the 25-year-old German made a stunning run through the field to finish third and lose only three points to Alonso, who finished second.

Horner said the team has reviewed the problem and it shouldn’t happen again.

“We need to have learned from it,” Horner said. “It just demonstrates that when you are working on the edge, the margins are very fine.”

Hamilton, who snatched the pole position in Abu Dhabi, said it will be difficult to knock the Red Bull cars out of the top two qualifying positions.

“It’s going to be tough, but I don’t think it’s going to be impossible,” Hamilton said.