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2018 | 09 | 16 Our target was not to finish third

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2018 | 09 | 15 You never know what can happen

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2018 | 09 | 14 The car is good and has potential

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2018 | 09 | 13 One of the toughest races of the year

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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

Azerbaijani Grand Prix - It's disappointing, because it could have been a better result.

First of all, I think that today the car was very good. The pace was strong in the race. I think you could see that we were losing a bit here and there, but overall it was a good race. It was a very busy start, and Vallteri was very aggressive. As for what happened at the restart from the safety car, I don't know why I got the penalty and Lewis didn't. It's disappointing, because it could have been a better result. I don't have a problem with Lewis but I just think that what he did on the track was not ok. By now the decision is done but, in an episode like this one, I still think that if you give out a penalty, then it should be to both drivers.

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
VETTEL 4th 2:04:01.549 5.976 51 1:43.441 47
  1st stop 12 Soft
RAIKKONEN 14 th 1:57:52.975 DNF 46 1:45.542 44
  1st stop 12 Soft
Weather: air 28°C, asphalt 45/50°C. Clear

Monaco Grand Prix - It's an incredible day.

In the laps before my pit-stop I was surprised by my own pace because earlier on Kimi and I were both struggling with the rear tires. Those laps I did today were comparatively better than the ones I did in qualifying yesterday. It was impossible for me to predict how fast I could go today. At one point I thought a second, maybe half a second, but then it turned out it was more than that, which was obviously crucial to grant me first place out of the box. It was fantastic to be in the lead and win the race. There was a lot of adrenaline during those laps but in general I could control the race. It sure helps to be the leading car, without any traffic, so that you get better into the rhythm. Once I had new tires, again I was able to control the position. We had the chance this weekend to finish first and second and that's what the team did. It's great to see what we were able to do. Today the team gained a lot of points. It's been a while since Ferrari won here so it's a great day. I really enjoyed driving for the team. It is great to work together, we try to push each other and the best thing is to see that the team keeps growing.

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
VETTEL 1st 1:44:44.340   78 1:15.238 38
  1st stop 39 Supersoft
RAIKKONEN nd 1:44:47.485 3.145 78 1:15.527 39
  1st stop 34  
Weather: air 26°/41C, asphalt 27/52°C. Clear

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