09 | 04 | 2017 GP China, Rennen

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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