Vettel not expecting any gifts from Mercedes

Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:28am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MANAMA (Reuters) - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel is not expecting any gifts from Mercedes even if tensions between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg spill over on to the track in Bahrain this weekend.

"Both of them are professional enough to handle the situation," the German told reporters ahead of the fourth race of the season.

Rosberg and double world champion Hamilton went wheel-to-wheel at Sakhir last season and this year's race has been spiced up by a spat between the team mates in China last Sunday.

Rosberg accused Hamilton, who won in Shanghai from pole position, of compromising his race by not driving quick enough while leading and exposing him to the threat of Vettel immediately behind.

Hamilton suggested Rosberg had not tried hard enough.

A clash between the two on Sunday would likely benefit Vettel, the winner in Malaysia who has finished on the podium in his three races with Ferrari since leaving Red Bull, but he is not counting on it.

"For us, it is irrelevant," he said. "We need to look after ourselves, and if they are in trouble with each other and take each other out, everyone benefits, not just us, so it would be welcome.

"But equally we are not expecting that. As I've said, they are professionals and they know what they are doing."   Continued...

Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany (C) arrives ahead of Bahrain's F1 Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit south of Manama, April 16, 2015. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed