09 | 04 | 2017 GP China, Rennen

08 July 2018

... but today it was even more important for us to win here, because the last few years had been very difficult to us....

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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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