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2018 | 05 | 26 I’ve been quite happy today ...

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2018 | 05 | 25 I have a good feeling

25 May 2018

I think it was a decent day. In Monaco there’s always traffic, and today we had the red flag, so that it was a bit messy....

2018 | 05 | 23 we have the chance to be part of this history

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Canadian Grand Prix - Overall, we know we have a strong car.

I think my start was not particularly good but at the same time not that bad either. The car was good, I think it was clear that today we could have been better than fourth, but that's how we finished and what is done is done. Overall, we know we have a strong car. Looking back at the start, Bottas and I were trying to go from the inside when Max came around but these things can happen. Then, with the safety car on track I did not realize that the damage to the front wing was as bad as it actually was, we only noticed it at full speed. There was also some additional damage to other parts of the bodywork, hard to say what they cost me in terms of laptime, but the car did not feel as the one I had driven in the past two days. Yet the pace was there and I would have liked some more laps to finish on the podium, the trophy here looked nice... That was my target and I missed it. But we are growing up as a team.

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
VETTEL 4th 1:33:41.061 35.907 70 1:14.719 70
  1st stop 5 Supersoft
  2nd stop 49 Ultrasoft
RAIKKONEN th 1:34:03.786 58.632 70 1:15.388 59
  1st stop 17 Supersoft
  2nd stop 41 Ultrasoft
Weather: air 29°C, asphalt 39/45°C. Clear

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



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