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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina
26 November

Qualifying
 
  RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
Q1 P2 1:40.338 New Ultrasoft - 5 laps P3 1:40.341 New Ultrasoft - 5 laps
Q2 P3 1:39.629 New Ultrasoft - 3 laps P5 1:40.034 New Ultrasoft - 3 laps
Q3 P4 1:39.604 New Ultrasoft - 3 laps P5 1:39.661 New Ultrasoft - 3 laps
      New Ultrasoft - 3 laps     New Ultrasoft - 3 laps
Weather: air 27/28 °C, track 31/33 °C. Clear skies
Sebastian Vettel
I'm not really happy with the result. I was struggling a bit with the balance of the car to start with. In the end it was good, but then in the last lap I had a bit of a messy last sector. I saw a bit of smoke from Verstappen ahead, enough to lose a bit of concentration. After this morning we were expecting a bit more, not really to fight the Mercedes, but to beat Red Bulls. I don't think we were any slower, but we didn't get the lap together when it mattered, probably we were a bit on the aggressive side trying to anticipate the track conditions. For tomorrow it should be positive, for tonight it was a bit too much. Otherwise the car feels good, we managed to improve it today. Mercedes are a bit far away, but we hope to get ahead and be in front of Red Bulls tomorrow. We are on the softer compound, which should give us an advantage off the line and for the first lap.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina 
25 November

Free Practice
 
  RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
First Session P7 1:44.556 27 laps P5 1:44.005 27 laps
Weather: air 33/34 °C, asphalt 40/43 °C. Sunny
Second Session P6 1:41.464 34 laps P3 1:41.130 31 laps
Weather: air 24/28 °C, asphalt 28/33 °C. Clear skies
Sebastian Vettel
I am fairly happy with the day. Obviously, it is not ideal to have a gearbox issue on Friday, but I am not worried and it shouldn't have any impact on the weekend. In general it was a very good Friday. This afternoon P1 was somewhat tricky, as we struggled a bit on the hot track. But during P2 in the evening things calmed down, the car also calmed down, it was quite good and I was happy. In the long run I struggled a bit with the front end, maybe I was a bit too aggressive, but overall the car felt good. To be honest, i think we should have a good pace. Hopefully tomorrow we have a similar feeling in Quali and put the car where it belongs.

Brazilian Grand Prix

São Paulo
13 November

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
RAIKKONEN NC 35:46.612 DNF 19 1:28.847 12
VETTEL 5th 3:01:27.669 + 26.334 71 1:26.195 37
  1st stop Lap 10 New Intermediate
  2nd stop Lap 20 New Wet
  3rd stop Lap 28 Old Wet
Weather: air 18/19°C, asphalt 18/21 °C. Rain
Sebastian Vettel
Obviously, today it was not ideal: in the first part of the race I span, I had some aquaplaning but I wasn't the only one. I think it was a good recovering in the end, it was difficult to come back, and I struggled to get past Sainz: I don't know why it took me a lot of laps before I really started to feel well in the car, and then it was too late. About the duel with Verstappen, I think I was racing side by side to him and he saw me. I still had a little bit of my nose ahead, he was much faster so it was about making the corner and he got past. Not a difficult passing manoeuver, but I don't think it was fully correct. But I wouldn't complain about anything today: I think I was not the only one who got caught out by the aquaplaning, but luckily I didn't crash.

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