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Bahrain Grand Prix - Seb on his second win this year

A great result thanks to all the team! At the start, it was important for me to get second place, and I managed. Also, we got everything right with the strategy. We decided to pit early and this tactics proved to be working. Towards, the end, I tried to manage the gap I had over Lewis. I expected him to charge through, of course I was concerned, with all the traffic ahead of me. But it the end it was all OK. The car was like a dream to drive today. I felt right from the beginning that we had the speed to win today. I had a good feeling yesterday already, and it was just confirmed today. The lap back to pits was so sweet, with all the fireworks around, and I really savored it. Tonight we enjoy the moment, but tomorrow we'll be back at work. I haven't changed my mind: to become world champion, you must first beat the Mercedes We'll take it race after race.

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
VETTEL 1st 1:33:53.374   57 1:33.826 36
  1st stop Lap 10 New Supersoft
  2nd stop lap 33 New Soft
RAIKKONEN 4th 1:34:15.849 +22.475 57 1:33.720 55
  1st stop Lap 12 Used Supersoft
  2nd stop lap 37 New Soft
Weather: air 22°/27°C, asphalt 25/30 °C. Clear

It's been a great day for us. The team has been working so hard at the track as much as back at the factory. It's a great feeling. "Grazie mille", you can't say much more. The last months have been really intense, it's been tough to get into the rhythm. It's just the beginning and there's still a lot of work going on. This is one of many steps and we have to enjoy what we do. It's great to see people smiling. Now we have to reset to go to China and try to do a good job.

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
VETTEL 1st 1:24:11.672   57 1:26.638 53
  1st stop Lap 23 New Soft
RAIKKONEN 4th 1:24:34.065 + 22.393 57 1:26.538 56
  1st stop Lap 26 New Soft
Weather: air 28/31°C, asphalt 36/38 °C. Clear skies

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina
27 November

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
RAIKKONEN 6th 1:38:22.829 + 18.816 55 1:45.163 35
  1st stop Lap 7 New Soft
  2nd stop Lap 25 New Soft
VETTEL 3rd 1:38:04.856 + 0.843 55 1:43.729 43
  1st stop Lap 8 New Soft
  2nd stop Lap 37 New Supersoft
Weather: air 25°C, asphalt 28 °C. Clear skies
Sebastian Vettel
I think it was an important race for us today: in the final laps, I would have liked to gain two more positions, because the speed was there; but it was difficult to make the move because the car in front also benefited from a tow. Nevertheless as a team we deserve this podium, and I hope it gives some momentum to all of us. It has been a tough year, with lots of up and downs, so I am really happy with this result. About our global performance in 2016, I think we don't need to find any story or invent something. I think we expected more; but after the first half, where we could have scored more points, I think we showed real strength by coming back. In the last couple of Grand Prix we had very good race pace, always enough to match Red Bull, and probably even a bit quicker: but that was not the case on Saturdays, and that made Sundays more difficult. Overall we showed the stamina that the team has. The spirit is unbroken, and I know that we will work hard, because Ferrari deserves to come back. All in all we learned a lot, we made a lot of progress. Today is Nico's day, well done to him. I think you don't win the Championship by luck, and it is a sign of respect to give him this. He is a deserving champion.

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