Sebastian Vettel: 'Mercedes are a long way ahead'

Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull prepares to drive during practise for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on March 15, 2014
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Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel admits that Mercedes are a long way in front of his team ahead of this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel has conceded that Mercedes are a "long way" ahead of Red Bull following the first two practice sessions for this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

The defending world champion was seventh in the second session and teammate Daniel Ricciardo posted the fourth fastest time, while Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton led the field.

The German told Sky Sports News: "For today, I think it was a good day, a stronger day for us. It's very difficult where we are in terms of pace but it's really easy to say that we're not with Mercedes.

"We had a strong day today, no issues with both of our cars nothing went wrong, a lot of things were learned. Now it's up to us to see some improvements tomorrow.

"They've proven again today that they're quite quick so it will be a long way for us to catch up but in the long term it's important that we make bigger steps than them."

Qualifying for Sunday's race takes place tomorrow.

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes GP prepares to drive during practise for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on March 15, 2014
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