Jul 19, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT
Despite Pastor Maldonado yesterday claiming that there was a noticeable difference in the new Pirelli tires, defending world champion Sebastian Vettel claims that he has not felt much of a change.
Following the issues that occurred at the British Grand Prix last month, Pirelli have opted to re-introduce the tire constructions used last season in order to ensure the safety of the drivers. With the design being slightly different, many (like Maldonado) have had to get used to the tires once again, but Vettel believes that the difference is negligible.
“Obviously, we were very limited on what we could do, but for me there is not that much difference with the tires,” Vettel said in a statement from Red Bull following today’s sessions. “It was good to get in some laps though, good to get a feeling for them and it’s always nice to drive at Silverstone.”
Looking ahead to the next race in Hungary, Vettel is keen on winning for the first time in Budapest.
“Hungary has some interesting memories for me. It was my first F1 race with the Red Bull family; let’s hope I can add to my memories by winning there for the first time before I go on holiday.”
If Vettel were to win at the Hungaroring, he would have won every race on the calendar besides the United States Grand Prix.