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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.

Brazilian Grand Prix

São Paulo
13 November

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
RAIKKONEN NC 35:46.612 DNF 19 1:28.847 12
VETTEL 5th 3:01:27.669 + 26.334 71 1:26.195 37
  1st stop Lap 10 New Intermediate
  2nd stop Lap 20 New Wet
  3rd stop Lap 28 Old Wet
Weather: air 18/19°C, asphalt 18/21 °C. Rain
Sebastian Vettel
Obviously, today it was not ideal: in the first part of the race I span, I had some aquaplaning but I wasn't the only one. I think it was a good recovering in the end, it was difficult to come back, and I struggled to get past Sainz: I don't know why it took me a lot of laps before I really started to feel well in the car, and then it was too late. About the duel with Verstappen, I think I was racing side by side to him and he saw me. I still had a little bit of my nose ahead, he was much faster so it was about making the corner and he got past. Not a difficult passing manoeuver, but I don't think it was fully correct. But I wouldn't complain about anything today: I think I was not the only one who got caught out by the aquaplaning, but luckily I didn't crash.

Brazilian Grand Prix

São Paulo
12 November

Qualifying
 
  RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
Q1 P4 1:12.100 New Soft - 5 laps P5 1:12.159 New Soft - 4 laps
Q2 P6 1:12.301 New Soft - 4 laps P4 1:12.010 New Soft - 3 laps
Q3 P3 1:11.404 New Soft - 3 laps P5 1:11.495 New Soft - 3 laps
      New Soft - 3 laps     New Soft - 3 laps
Weather: air 19/21 °C, track 26/29 °C. Cloudy
Sebastian Vettel
Today my last run in Q3 was not ideal: I think third position was possible, but I was probably a bit conservative around the last corner. All in all, though, I think it was a good session: the car was behaving well, but maybe in the end I could have pulled out a little bit more out of it. Yesterday on a single lap we were not particularly strong, we struggled a bit, but I think that in the long run we were quite good: so for tomorrow, if it's dry, we should be in reasonable shape. Mercedes looked very fast also yesterday in the long runs, so obviously we'll try to stay with them but our main rival I guess will be Red Bull, which had similar pace to us today. In the race I think we're usually a little bit faster, so hopefully we can get the job done tomorrow. If it rains it will be the first time for everyone this weekend: but it is what it is, I think we have enough rain tires...

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