Sebastian Vettel has only one goal this season, and that is to be world champion.
The young German of just 23 years came runner-up in the 2009 season after trailing Jenson Button from the beginning of the season.
“After last season, there can only be one goal – to become world champion.” Vettel told the official F1 website.
“It will be a long, hard season and I will take it race by race. At the moment it looks pretty tight so it will be a sizzling season.”
Red Bull could have some work to do before Bahrain. Vettel reckons they are behind Ferrari on pace terms but in the same pack as Mercedes and McLaren.
When asked where he would place Schumacher in the pecking order, Vettel replied: “Well, I don’t think it is right to speak only of Michael. You have to consider Mercedes as a team. Nico (Rosberg) is also someone you have to take into account.
“As I said, I see Ferrari in the lead and then us, McLaren and Mercedes. In this group it is pretty tight. Sometimes one has an advantage over the others.”
With testing coming to an end today, Vettel is raring to go. On a scale of one to ten, he answered ‘ten’ when asked how keen he is for the season to start.