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Spanish Grand Prix - We can be very happy, but not entirely

My start was good, I saw Lewis struggle with wheelspin, and kept looking in mirror to see if anybody else had a better start. The first stint went ok, then we had to pit, otherwise they might have got us with an undercut. My second stint was also pretty good: I managed to get close to Valtteri who was all over the place with his tyres. He blocked me, in the end I managed to get past, but by then I had lost an awful lot of time. Then in the last stint we did everything we could, the car was good, it was close with Lewis. I am happy when we have the chance to race the Mercedes cars, we can be very happy but not entirely happy today. The most important thing, though, is that we were in the fight; the team is in great form, we need to improve because we want to be ahead of them.

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
VETTEL 2nd 1:28:09.360 +0.617 52 1:37.312 49
  1st stop Lap 34 New Supersoft
RAIKKONEN 3rd 1:28:19.743 +11.000 52 1:36.844 49
  1st stop Lap 29 New Supersoft
Weather: air 28°/29°C, asphalt 42/45°C. Clear

Russian Grand Prix - Sebastian sees positives in today’s results

I think my getaway was ok. Maybe I could have been a bit more aggressive. There was a delay in turning the lights off, so that I didn't get a proper reading of how the grid was. Still, I had a good start but we had a strong head wind all day and Bottas could get a massive tow, so there was nothing I could do. Valtteri had a great race. He drove better than the rest of us so he deserved to win. Towards the end I was flat out, I had a feeling that I could get into DRS distance, maybe on the back straight, put some pressure on him and, who knows, lead him into a mistake, but he made none. What happened swith Massa was just a bit of a misunderstanding, I wasn't sure where he was going, but I did not lose the race at that point. Now we look ahead to Spain. We had a good answer about our car in Barcelona during testing days and I don't need to think about the championship. We had a very good start. We are here to win, to do our best, but we can still learn and improve. The speed was there today, but we could have done better. Yet, we have a strong car and a strong team and there is a lot of positive aspects.

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
VETTEL 2nd 1:28:09.360 +0.617 52 1:37.312 49
  1st stop Lap 34 New Supersoft
RAIKKONEN 3rd 1:28:19.743 +11.000 52 1:36.844 49
  1st stop Lap 29 New Supersoft
Weather: air 28°/29°C, asphalt 42/45°C. Clear



Australian Grand Prix - Vettel and Scuderia Ferrari on top in Australia

We can be happy with today's results. The race was a lot of fun, very entertaining. Conditions were tricky at the start, you never know what can happen in those moments, so I was perhaps a bit too conservative. Then we chose to change tires since the track was quickly drying out, so that we could take advantage from the slicks; but luck was not on our side as the safety car came in right after. I can't say how much this affected the final result, it was still a long way from there to the finish, but I think it had an effect. From then I had to work my way through the field, and I had a tense wheel-to-wheel fight with Ricciardo. I like this way of overtaking, when gaining position comes at a price and not simply by opening up the DRS. At that moment though, the gap to Lewis had widened, and I kept pushing to keep some pressure on him, while asking my engineer what pace was needed for me to catch him. I think that pace-wise we were a match today, sometimes he was faster, sometimes I was: if we can fight with Mercedes also in Bahrain that will be again good news. We can still improve.

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
VETTEL 2nd 1:37:42.408 +6.250 56 1:35.423 40
  1st stop Lap 3 New Soft
  2nd stop lap 35 New Soft
RAIKKONEN 5th 1:38:24.234 +48.076 56 1:36.003 42
  1st stop Lap 5 New Soft
  2nd stop 39 Used Supersoft
Weather: air 12°/13°C, asphalt 15 °C. Overcast

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