Presse

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

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.

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