09 | 10 | 2016 Japanese Grand Prix, Race

Japanese Grand Prix

Suzuka
9 October

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
RAIKKONEN 5th 1:27:11.703 + 28.370 53 1:35.990 33
  1st stop Lap 12 New Hard
  2nd stop Lap 26 Old Hard
VETTEL 4th 1:27:03.602 + 20.269 53 1:35.118 36
  1st stop Lap 12 New Hard
  2nd stop Lap 34 New Soft
Weather: air 23°C, asphalt 25 °C. Clear skies
Sebastian Vettel
We had a very good start and made good progress in the first two laps, passing Ricciardo and Perez, then we were faster than Verstappen. I think today we had the second fastest car. So it was a question of time, but obviously Max came in as soon as he could to maintain track position, which worked well for him. We tried to go on the softer tire in the end, which initially we thought would work well, but then we had too much degradation and we were falling off this group. It is always easy to criticize, and I am sure there are many 'experts' that knew better, but on the pitwall as well as in the car, I was keen to go for this strategy so to extend the second stint. It's a fact I lost big chunks of time with the blue flags. I always got the lapped cars right in sector one, when they can't move, so I was losing a lot of time, and there's probably where I lost track position to Lewis, who always seemed to clear the lapped cars in the straight. But then the pace wouldn't have probably been enough to challenge for the podium.
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