"Well, that's pessimistic!"
This was Sebastian Vettel's response when asked by Rachel Brooks of Sky Sports News whether double points for the season finale, which he has previously criticised, might now be a good thing for Red Bull given its far from flying start. The implication being that back-loading the season points wise might suit the team playing catch-up very nicely indeed.
It was a wittily-posed question, but one that captured the inescapable truth that Red Bull's struggles remains the story of pre-season testing. After all, the squad that has generally steamrollered the opposition over the past few years has now racked up the grand total of 35 laps in five days of pre-season following today's record haul of 14.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.