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Hungarian Grand Prix - In my opinion, we have the best car.

Everybody inside the team can be very happy and proud of what we have done today! Afterwards, I said to Kimi that I was sorry, because I was slow and struggling during the race. For Kimi it was not good to be there in the middle of a sandwich. It was a tough race that, in the end, kept a good shape. I developed a problem with the steering wheel and I don't know why yet. We need to avoid it happening again of course, but during the race I didn't have an option. It's not like parking the car, check if everything's all right and then fix the problem. It was quite annoying because it was a strange feeling. But then, at some point, I forgot about it and just tried to get used to it, which was tricky because it just kept changing and getting worse. However, in the end the pace was still there. More generally, I don't like the short term view that some people have, that after a good race everything is great and you are the hero, but after a bad race it is a disaster. It is not fair because people work hard spending a lot of time, working all together on the car. In my opinion, we have the best car and downforce which, hasn't been the case for many years. In the end we can make a difference and we have done that so far. We have our testing days here next week and we have a lot of work to do. After that there will be the Belgian GP. Our car has been good there and I think we have some improvements, so it should be fine.
Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
VETTEL 1st 1:39:46.713 - 70 1:20.807 69
  1st stop 32 Soft
RAIKKONEN 2nd 1:39:47.621 0.908 70 1:20.461 70
  1st stop 33 Soft
Weather: air 32/33°C, asphalt 52/53°C. Clear

British Grand Prix - Today was not a great day.

It was a difficult race. The brakes got fire on the grid and I think this is the reason why I had no grip at the start: they were too hot. During the last laps, after the problem with the front left tire, I tried to get the car back and recover some points. It was difficult today because I was stuck at the beginning behind Max, but I am not the one to judge what happened between him and me. After that I think the pace was good, considering the fact that I was on the Soft tires. Valtteri was on other compound, the Supersofts, so it was clear that he would have been strong. Today was not a great day, but we'll see what happens in Hungary, on a different track.

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
RAIKKONEN 3rd 1:22:04.000 36.570 51 1:31.517 44
  1st stop 24 Soft
  2nd stop 49 Supersoft
VETTEL 7th 1:23:01.419 93.989 51 1:31.872 38
  1st stop 18 Soft
  2nd stop 50 Supersoft
Weather: air 23/24°C, asphalt 29/33°C. Overcast

Austrian Grand Prix - It was a shame that we couldn't win.

Today I struggled in the first stint with the first set of tires, the Ultrasofts. I think they were just getting too hot. Then the clouds came in and the balance of the car improved. That's why I think we were starting to get quicker. It was a shame that we couldn't win, because we were close. We learnt more about the car in these days and there are many positive aspects regarding this race, but I feel like I could have won today and I didn't, so I am not entirely happy. At the beginning of the race I was just not quick enough. The pace was there, but the balance wasn't. I like this place, which has a lot of history and it's the place where I drove a racing car for the first time, in 2003. It's a long time ago, but I still have beautiful memories. And now I am already looking forward to going to Silverstone.

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
VETTEL 2nd 1:21:49.181 0.658 71 1:07.496 69
  1st stop 34 Supersoft
RAIKKONEN 5th 1:22:08.893 20.370 71 1:07.486 68
  1st stop 44 Supersoft
Weather: air 31°C, asphalt 40/46°C. Clear

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