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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina
27 November

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
RAIKKONEN 6th 1:38:22.829 + 18.816 55 1:45.163 35
  1st stop Lap 7 New Soft
  2nd stop Lap 25 New Soft
VETTEL 3rd 1:38:04.856 + 0.843 55 1:43.729 43
  1st stop Lap 8 New Soft
  2nd stop Lap 37 New Supersoft
Weather: air 25°C, asphalt 28 °C. Clear skies
Sebastian Vettel
I think it was an important race for us today: in the final laps, I would have liked to gain two more positions, because the speed was there; but it was difficult to make the move because the car in front also benefited from a tow. Nevertheless as a team we deserve this podium, and I hope it gives some momentum to all of us. It has been a tough year, with lots of up and downs, so I am really happy with this result. About our global performance in 2016, I think we don't need to find any story or invent something. I think we expected more; but after the first half, where we could have scored more points, I think we showed real strength by coming back. In the last couple of Grand Prix we had very good race pace, always enough to match Red Bull, and probably even a bit quicker: but that was not the case on Saturdays, and that made Sundays more difficult. Overall we showed the stamina that the team has. The spirit is unbroken, and I know that we will work hard, because Ferrari deserves to come back. All in all we learned a lot, we made a lot of progress. Today is Nico's day, well done to him. I think you don't win the Championship by luck, and it is a sign of respect to give him this. He is a deserving champion.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina
26 November

Qualifying
 
  RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
Q1 P2 1:40.338 New Ultrasoft - 5 laps P3 1:40.341 New Ultrasoft - 5 laps
Q2 P3 1:39.629 New Ultrasoft - 3 laps P5 1:40.034 New Ultrasoft - 3 laps
Q3 P4 1:39.604 New Ultrasoft - 3 laps P5 1:39.661 New Ultrasoft - 3 laps
      New Ultrasoft - 3 laps     New Ultrasoft - 3 laps
Weather: air 27/28 °C, track 31/33 °C. Clear skies
Sebastian Vettel
I'm not really happy with the result. I was struggling a bit with the balance of the car to start with. In the end it was good, but then in the last lap I had a bit of a messy last sector. I saw a bit of smoke from Verstappen ahead, enough to lose a bit of concentration. After this morning we were expecting a bit more, not really to fight the Mercedes, but to beat Red Bulls. I don't think we were any slower, but we didn't get the lap together when it mattered, probably we were a bit on the aggressive side trying to anticipate the track conditions. For tomorrow it should be positive, for tonight it was a bit too much. Otherwise the car feels good, we managed to improve it today. Mercedes are a bit far away, but we hope to get ahead and be in front of Red Bulls tomorrow. We are on the softer compound, which should give us an advantage off the line and for the first lap.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina 
25 November

Free Practice
 
  RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
First Session P7 1:44.556 27 laps P5 1:44.005 27 laps
Weather: air 33/34 °C, asphalt 40/43 °C. Sunny
Second Session P6 1:41.464 34 laps P3 1:41.130 31 laps
Weather: air 24/28 °C, asphalt 28/33 °C. Clear skies
Sebastian Vettel
I am fairly happy with the day. Obviously, it is not ideal to have a gearbox issue on Friday, but I am not worried and it shouldn't have any impact on the weekend. In general it was a very good Friday. This afternoon P1 was somewhat tricky, as we struggled a bit on the hot track. But during P2 in the evening things calmed down, the car also calmed down, it was quite good and I was happy. In the long run I struggled a bit with the front end, maybe I was a bit too aggressive, but overall the car felt good. To be honest, i think we should have a good pace. Hopefully tomorrow we have a similar feeling in Quali and put the car where it belongs.

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