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Vettel: BMW still struggling with new tyre

Test driver Sebastian Vettel has admitted that he and his BMW-Sauber team are struggling to get to grips with the new Bridgestone tyres.

Although BMW's F1.06 showed continued improvement last year to steadily move up the field on its Michelin tyres, the German-owned team have struggled to show that kind of form during the early stages of winter testing with their new tyres.

And Vettel, who was slowest overall on the first day at Jerez this week, thinks the team still have some work to do to fully understand the new rubber characteristics.

"I am quite surprised by the tyres," he told "There is so much less grip and less performance than I expected. We are struggling with what we have to do with the car.

"Robert (Kubica) was doing a different programme to me, and we are trying to find the best way to go. We have found lots of good directions, and we know a lot, but there is still a lot to gain."

Vettel thinks his problems are not just related to finding a better set-up for the car, because he also thinks he needs to adjust his driving style.

"We are having to adapt," he said. "I have tried to enter the corners earlier and later, and we have not quite found the right way yet.

"Some times we are better, but compared to the tyres from last year we are losing out in corner speed and in braking. We just need to reset the way of working."

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