Red Bull’s Vettel the favorite as F1 season begins

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In the end, Vettel’s success will come down as much to his driving skills as the team’s ability to keep his car on the circuit. Consistency has long been Red Bull’s strong point, particularly last year where the likes of Hamilton and Alonso saw their title hopes dented by crashes or mechanical problems.

But with questions still unanswered over everything from the speed of the Red Bull to the performance of tires, Vettel said it’s too early to start talking about another title.

“I think Melbourne will show the trend, but I doubt that we will be able to establish any real pecking order based on one or two races,” Vettel said. “Last year we also had to learn that it takes much longer these days to know who is hot and who is not.”

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