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Vettel: Pirelli Tyres “Already Better Than Expected”

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Sebastian Vettel returned to his Red Bull today for further testing of the new Pirelli tyres in Abu Dhabi.

The German had another four sets of tyres available from the new supplier at his disposal as the team continued to evaluate their performance and find the best car set-up to suit them.

“We have had two busy days on track, getting our first impressions of the new tyres, analysing how they perform and looking at some things for next year,” said the 2010 World Champion. “There is still a lot to do, but I think the tyres are already better than expected. Since February we haven't really had time to do any in-depth testing on track, so these two days have given us a chance to reflect on things we have tried during the season.”

Head of Race Engineering, Ian Morgan, continued his drivers’ positive comments from the test: “It's been interesting to work with different tyres here and it was good to have the opportunity to get information using a car we know well – the RB6 – before starting to work with the new car next year. Overall we have done everything we planned to and we're looking forward to working with Pirelli in the future. It's sad that this is the last day of running for the RB6 – it's a car that we have enjoyed a great deal of success with this year – but we're looking forward to 2011.”

Vettel now returns to his home town of Heppenheim in Germany to continue his championship celebrations.

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