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Vettel hits back at Marko's Ferrari theory

Vettel hits back at Marko's Ferrari theory

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Vettel hits back at Marko's Ferrari theory

Vettel hits back at Marko's Ferrari theory

Sebastian Vettel has played down suggestions made about Ferrari's problems by his former Red Bull boss Dr Helmut Marko. Vettel admits that, after Ferrari surprisingly struggled in Australia, it has been an "intense" fortnight leading into this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Vettel came home fourth in Melbourne, having started third on the grid, only to see an undercut attempt on Mercedes fall flat before he was overtaken by Max Verstappen for the final podium spot.

Marko suggested in recent days that Ferrari was struggling with cooling problems in Australia. There are also rumours that the Scuderia had fuel consumption issues in Melbourne.

"We found some answers, but whether we have them all, we don't know," Vettel said in Bahrain.

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"I don't think our situation is too different from the other teams.

"As for Helmut, after the race in Australia he was asleep on the plane, so I'm not sure when he managed to analyse everything!"

Vettel played down the fact that Ferrari's top speeds were not good in Melbourne.

"We were losing everywhere, including on the straight, but I wouldn't be hasty with the conclusions," the German said.

Former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld thinks Bahrain is an important weekend for Ferrari.

"They must be quite nervous about Bahrain," he told Sky Deutschland. "If they don't manage to catch Mercedes, it will be a very critical sign for the season."

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