Sebastian Vettel has admitted that Red Bull doesn’t have the pace advantage over its rivals that was so apparent in the previous two rounds in Bahrain and, more recently, Australia.

P2 - Sebastian Vettel

The only man to take pole position this season finished second-quickest behind McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton in the second practice session of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.

"I was not 100 per cent happy today, we still have to get a little bit quicker," Sebastian said.

"The McLarens and the Mercedes look very quick, Ferrari I think have a decent long run pace so we need to see."

Sebastian didn’t want to be drawn on whether or not he could make it a hat-trick of pole positions to start the 2010 season.

"We need to see where we are after today and then we set our targets, but for sure hopefully Q3 and then try to finish as high up as we can to start at the front," Vettel said.

Meanwhile, Mark Webber confirmed that it was a “high mileage” Renault engine failure that put paid to further participation in the second practice session after just 30 minutes had elapsed.

today it has cost us a lot of track time, but the car felt pretty good," Webber told reporters. "It’s never ideal to lose an engine but we did.

"The car feels good in the quick stuff, but I wouldn’t say we have a particular weakness in terms of high speed and low speed corners, we are good in both."

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Richard Bailey

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