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Most media pundits have described Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel's performance in Australia as dominant.

Ourselves here at have been guilty of using that word to describe the defending champions performance.

But it would seem, Vettel doesn't like the description: 'I don't really like the word dominant at this stage,' Vettel told the BBC after Sunday's race.

The 2010 F1 Champion was untouchable throughout qualifying and the race over the weekend, his performance was probably the definition of the word.

'We had a very good race today, won a lot of points, and enjoyed ourselves, which is even more important, and now we have to take it step-by-step.'

His words show the maturity of the 23-year-old after claiming the crown last season, the German is fixated on defending his title and that shone in Australia.

One of the other major talking points has been the lack of a KERS device on the Red Bull's over the weekend in Australia.

For Red Bull to be in the position they are without KERS is quite astonishing. Running KERS gives teams an extra boost around the track of around 80bhp over a period of just less than seven seconds. This can either be used in one big boost for example at the start of the Grand Prix, or in small doses around a lap.

For Vettel to perform the way he did, giving away that much of an advantage to the opposition is all the more impressive.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner confirmed after the race that they decided to not run with KERS at all on Saturday and Sunday as he thought it was a potential reliability risk and the car didn't need the extra performance that KERS offers and of course, in Vettel's case he was right although Webber might put forward a different argument, with the Austrlian finishing fifth.

The KERS debate has brought a lot of discussion from two separate angles, on the one hand, it's a weakness that could be exploited by teams such as McLaren who have a reliable KERS device, or it can be seen as yet another area for the Red Bull to improve and pull even further ahead development-wise.

Unsurprisingly Vettel agrees with the latter view: 'You want every single bit that you can get to make your car go quicker so Kers is one of the basic things this year and it's worth something between three to five 10ths a lap. I don't need to tell you how much that is over a race distance. So, yes, we are working on that.' Vettel added.

A comment which could send shivers down the spine of the pit crews in the McLaren and Ferrari factories.

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Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 28 2011

Time: 3:00PM


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