World champion Sebastian Vettel has hinted crisis-struck Red Bull might have achieved more simply by staying at its factory last week.
Instead, the troubled reigning champions tested alongside F1’s other ten teams in Bahrain, just two weeks before the revolutionary 2014 season kicks off.
“In England we could respond more quickly,” Vettel admitted to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, as the team continued to struggle with the RB10.
Some insiders think Red Bull will struggle to get out of the initial ‘Q1’ segment in Melbourne later this month.
Vettel hinted Red Bull remained committed to the final pre-season test only to help engine supplier Renault more generally get up to speed.
“I think it was absolutely the right decision to come here,” he said before leaving Bahrain. “It is down to us that we have not done enough.”