Vettel wary of world domination with new RB9

Sun Feb 3, 2013 11:09am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

MILTON KEYNES, England (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel distanced himself from a suggestion that he was planning world domination as Formula One champions Red Bull unveiled the car that could carry him to a fourth successive title this season.

"World domination? I'm German, but I didn't say that," said the startled 25-year-old at the launch of the RB9, revealed under bright lights and to a pulsating beat in a chilly hangar next to the team's central English factory on Sunday.

"I have no moustache," he added with a cheeky grin, to laughter from an audience of sponsors and predominantly British factory employees, lest anyone fail to get the allusion to Adolf Hitler.

The RB9, the latest brainchild of design boffin Adrian Newey at the Austrian-owned team, has every chance of becoming a world-beater and follows on from cars that have set the pace for the past three seasons.

Vettel was dominant in 2011 but not so last year, when seven different drivers won the first seven races and Red Bull struggled to get on top of the Pirelli tires initially.

This season could see the top teams closer than ever with so little regulation change from 2012.

Fernando Alonso's Ferrari and McLaren, now without the stellar talents of Lewis Hamilton, have already unveiled their challengers but the Red Bull is the one both will want to beat once the championship starts in Australia on March 17.