Sebastian Vettel: 'We must close gap quicker'

Red Bull Racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel walks off the circuit after winning the qualifying session for the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on November 16, 2013
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Sebastian Vettel believes that Red Bull are no closer this season to competing with Mercedes.

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has insisted that his team are still a long way behind Mercedes this year as he looks to close the gap to Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton ahead of him.

The Mercedes drivers are on 165 and 161 points respectively, while Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull, on 98, is the next closest rival, and Vettel admitted that it might be better now to focus on next season.

"Right now the gap is very big and we haven't really closed the gap since race one," Vettel told Sky Sports News. "Obviously we have tried lots of stuff to improve, but they are doing the same thing.

"We are waiting for bigger steps to happen to close the gap even more which I think at the end of the season we can judge a lot better, then we know what we can do over the winter."

Vettel has won the championship for the last four years running.

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2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
DriversTeamPoints
1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
7Sergio PerezForce India56
8Esteban OconForce India45
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso35
10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0
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