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Vettel hints Red Bull’s could “beat themselves” over reliability

Vettel hints Red Bull’s could “beat themselves” over reliability

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Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has hinted Red Bull dominance at Mexico is not a given despite their front-row lockout, given the poor reliability by the Milton Keynes outfit throughout the Mexican Grand Prix weekend. 

The Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team have dominated all sessions in Mexico thus far – with Verstappen leading all three practice sessions, whilst team-mate Daniel Ricciardo narrowly edged out the Dutchman for pole position at the final runs when it really counted.

Red Bull, however, have not been the only team to face gremlins this weekend, as Mercedes elected to turn down both Hamilton and Bottas’ power unit yesterday due to the high temperatures at Mexico City. The teams’ problems continued into Saturday when Bottas pulled over in FP3 with a hydraulics problem, and the team worked flat-out during the lunch break to put an older specification engine in the Finn’s car for qualifying.

The German driver, who starts fourth on the grid for the Mexican Grand Prix, has hinted that Ferrari’s advantage could come from the reliability front – given that Ferrari has been the only team from the big three that haven’t endured any reliability problems so far this weekend.

“I think we probably have the best reliability so far.” said Vettel, speaking to Sky Sports after qualifying fourth.

“The Red Bulls are very fast and hard to beat but maybe they will beat themselves. It’s a long race, I think it will be decided over strategy and tyres.”

Speaking about his qualifying performance, the German driver said: “I’m quite happy though, I think we got more or less everything out of the car. Obviously dropping back to fourth from second is not satisfying but we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.

“We have good straight-line speed so we’ll see what we can do into Turn One and then go from there.”