The RB5 has consistently fought for podiums/race wins in the first 4 races of the season although it was one of the few front-runners in the championship to be regarded as a “legitimate car”. Meaning it didn't use controversial aerodynamic tweaks – double diffuser, to be more precise – or the revolutionary Kinetic Energy Recovery System to stay competitive.
Benefiting from a new aerodynamic package – set up for the European debut this weekend – Vettel believes race wins are the only thing one working for Red Bull should think about this season. That doesn't mean it will be easy, though.
“At every single race you can get 10 points maximum. Every race is part of the championship and if you want to fight for it then you have to maximise the result in every single race. Of course we are fighting for the championship and we do have a very competitive car this year, so we have to use it. But, it is never easy. No one waves you through and says - okay, have a go and get some more points,” said Vettel, ahead of the Barcelona weekend.
“If you look at the points rankings, even though for me it is not very important at this stage of the year, you can see that Jenson has the best position now. But another four races and it might look completely different, so who knows?”
“We are in a very good position this year. I think we can improve a lot still, so there is a long, long way to go. If you talk about the championship, there are a lot of races left. So far nothing is decided for anyone,” added the German driver.