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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

Bahrain Grand Prix - Seb on his second win this year

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.

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
VETTEL 1st 1:33:53.374   57 1:33.826 36
  1st stop Lap 10 New Supersoft
  2nd stop lap 33 New Soft
RAIKKONEN 4th 1:34:15.849 +22.475 57 1:33.720 55
  1st stop Lap 12 Used Supersoft
  2nd stop lap 37 New Soft
Weather: air 22°/27°C, asphalt 25/30 °C. Clear

It's been a great day for us. The team has been working so hard at the track as much as back at the factory. It's a great feeling. "Grazie mille", you can't say much more. The last months have been really intense, it's been tough to get into the rhythm. It's just the beginning and there's still a lot of work going on. This is one of many steps and we have to enjoy what we do. It's great to see people smiling. Now we have to reset to go to China and try to do a good job.

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
VETTEL 1st 1:24:11.672   57 1:26.638 53
  1st stop Lap 23 New Soft
RAIKKONEN 4th 1:24:34.065 + 22.393 57 1:26.538 56
  1st stop Lap 26 New Soft
Weather: air 28/31°C, asphalt 36/38 °C. Clear skies

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