Date: 11th April 2011 at 10:26am
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In a season where their defending World champion has started the year with back-to-back victories, it would usually seem odd for Vettel or Red Bull fans to appear nervous going into the next race this weekend.

The young German has looked in sensational form, dominating the entire weekend in Australia, before putting in a wonderful lap to qualify on pole in Sepang before controlling the race to take another win.

However with both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button’s McLaren’s edging nearer race by race, Red Bull’s weak-link has been put under the microscope.

Red Bull didn’t run their KERS device at all in Australia, while in Malaysia both drivers used it in qualifying, however Mark Webber’s failed during the warm-up lap on the way to the grid for the start of the race and Vettel’s was switched off part way through the Grand Prix due to reliability fears.

‘The reality is that it is a system in its infancy, we are not a manufacturer team so we are having to develop KERS ourselves, which has not been our area of expertise in the past.’ Red Bull technical chief Adrian Newey told Autosport Magazine.

‘We are also doing it on a limited resource, limited budget and with limited experience, so we are on a rapid learning curve. How long it takes us to get to the top of that learning curve remains to be seen.’

The Red Bull’s KERS device has shown the other teams that they are far from unbeatable and at a track like China where the advantages of a fully functioning KERS device brings a notable improvement in lap time, the Red Bull fans will be worried whether or not Vettel can continue his run of form, or whether McLaren can take advantage.

 

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