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Seb on his second win this year

16 04 2017 gp bahrain 20170418 1198805922 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.

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Seb hopeful as car looks better for the race

15 04 2017 gp bahrain 20170415 1387396466 Overall, it has been a good day. Yesterday I couldn’t get the right feeling, I kept sliding too much. We made some minor tweaks on the set-up and the car felt better today, I was quite happy with the balance. But in qualifying, after seeing what the gap was at the end of my first run in Q3, I wasn’t so happy, so I tried it all and maybe pushed a bit too much. This is a circuit where you can easily overshoot it. Today, we were losing a bit everywhere around the lap, perhaps more than usual down the straights. But tomorrow it should be closer, and hopefully we’ll have a tight race. The car feels good for Sunday.

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09 04 2017 gp china 20170409 1143814282 我的起步还算正常,但是半雨胎的衰竭非常严重,我知道我没法坚持多久。在出了虚拟安全车后,我换上了干胎,可是随后又出了安全车,这让我损失了胎温,因而无法利用轮胎的优势。

总的来说这是一场不错的比赛,真的很激动人心,很有趣。在跟里卡多的较量中我们甚至还发生了轮胎的触碰!我知道我必须冒险,很幸运没有出事。我从外线开始攻击,因为我预判这样我可以在接下来的连续弯获得一条更好的赛车线。这个计划是奏效的,但是我被束缚地比赛。

我们不会带着高期望去巴林。我们赛车能力不错,我们会成功的。但是我们跟梅赛德斯将会更接近,还是更远,我只能说梅赛德斯在各方面都很强大。今天他们在比赛中就非常快,虽然在数据上我们不那么适合这条赛道,但我们并没有落后多远。可是目前只跑了两站比赛,数据积累还不多,因此究竟如何我还不好说。

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 can 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 al 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 box what pace was needed for me to catch him. I chink 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.

>> Sebastian’s words for the fans

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08 04 2017 gp china 20170408 1954776299第一排发车能起多少作用,我们明天就能知道了。如果最终能更快一点的话,我当然会更加高兴,但是总的来说我对我的成绩是满意的。也许我本应该在最后一个弯晚一点上路肩的。最终我险胜博塔斯,但至少车队展示出了工作成果,我们足以头排发车。

我们的赛车很快,现在重要的是,梅赛德斯会怎么做,比赛会如何。从起步到第一弯有很长一段距离。让我们看看天气会带来怎样的影响。如果下雨,场面会有些混乱。但是我们有足够的雨胎来应对这种情况。

It was a bit closer than in Australia, so a good session overall with lots of chances for tomorrow. We’ll see what the race can bring, with the different conditions and everything. Of course I would have liked to be even closer, knowing that the Mercedes would be very strong in Q3, as they proved to be. We had some luck with Valtteri, because when you’re a thousand of a second apart, it could be one way or the other. I was happy with my lap, even if I braked a bit too early for the last corner, hit the kerb hard and had to wait for the car to settle. That’s where I lost a bit of time, but not all the gap to Lewis. There wasn’t much more I could have gained. So this result on a totally different track, with conditions significantly cooler than Melbourne, is definitely good news. The confidence is there, I trust what the car is telling me and she seems to respond to what I tell her. It’s a good match but we need to improve further.

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