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Sebastian Vettel will look to take advantage of Lewis Hamilton's grid penalty in China.
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Red Bull drivers feeling comfortable ahead of Chinese Grand Prix

Red Bull drivers feeling comfortable ahead of Chinese Grand Prix

Red Bull racing drivers Sebastien Vettel and Mark Webber are looking to put in an impressive display as the Formula 1 (F1) season moves to China.

The drivers, powered by the RenaultSport RS27 engine, have enjoyed a mixed start to the season, with champion Vettel being affected by the rain in Malaysia.

However, with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who has been setting the pace in qualifying this year, facing a grid penalty, the Red Bull aces will be looking to take advantage.

Hamilton will be demoted five places after changing his gearbox between races, meaning he will start in sixth place at best in China.

Vettel admitted that this year's McLaren is extremely quick, China will give Red Bull a great chance to get some points on the board.

"It is tight between the cars. I haven't seen everything, but I think overall we can be quite happy. We tried a lot of things today and now we need to go through everything and see what the best set-up is," he said in the build up to the race at the Shang Hai International Circuit.

"It's cooler here than at the last two races; I felt more comfortable, but we'll see. It's tricky to say if we look competitive."

Webber, who has finished fourth in both races this season, will be looking to go one step further and achieve a first podium of the season.

The star said the extra grip in China will play a big role in the race.

"We've got a lot of stuff to go through tonight and will continue to find out more tomorrow and on Sunday," he commented.

"We've come from a track that's 50 degrees Celsius to a cooler circuit, so we have more grip here which helps, but I think overall that we’re moving in the right direction."

Posted by Craig Salter