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Italian Grand Prix - Of course, I wanted to win.

Today we were not as quick as the Mercedes, but considering where we started from, we got the best result in the race. It was not ideal, but we are working very hard on what we want to achieve. The next tracks should be ok for us. We know we have to work on ourselves and where. I was happy at being back here with all our supporters, I got a lot of adrenalin from being on that podium. Of course, I wanted to win, but I am confident we are on the right way. It was not a great day for us, but at the same time it was brilliant to feel all the passion. Leading the Championship is not important as much as winning the Championship, it's where you are at the last race that counts. It is clear where we want to go, what we want to achieve.
Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
VETTEL 3rd 1:16:08.629 36.317 53 1:23.897 51
  1st stop 31 Soft
RAIKKONEN 5th 1:16:32.394 60.082 53 1:25.054 43
  1st stop 15 Soft
Weather: air 27/28°C, asphalt 38°C Clear

Belgium Grand Prix - Sebastian still leads the championship after an exciting race.

If we had ended up ahead in qualifying, then we would have had a good pace to stay in front today! I was surprised how close I could follow through the whole race. So I am a bit angry at myself, because, when the race restarted after the safety car, I was probably too close to Lewis out of Turn 1. I tried to open the gap down Eau Rouge but it's a difficult compromise. You see the cars coming behind and you know that you need to defend, instead of focusing on attacking. At the same time I know that down the straights we are not as quick as Mercedes. So, I am not entirely happy, but after all it's been a great weekend for the team. We don't need to be afraid of any circuit, I believe we have the best car in terms of package. There's still something missing but the guys in Maranello are very motivated. I think we have done the biggest improvement and a big step forward. Now we turn the page on and move on to Monza: let's see what happens there.
Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
VETTEL 2nd 1:24:45.178 2.358 44 1:46.577 41
  1st stop 14 Soft
  2nd stop 30 Ultrasoft
RAIKKONEN 4th 1:24:57.291 14.471 44 1:47.730 36
  1st stop 15 Soft
  2nd stop 29 Ultrasoft
Weather: air 26°C, asphalt 33/34°C overcast

Hungarian Grand Prix - In my opinion, we have the best car.

Everybody inside the team can be very happy and proud of what we have done today! Afterwards, I said to Kimi that I was sorry, because I was slow and struggling during the race. For Kimi it was not good to be there in the middle of a sandwich. It was a tough race that, in the end, kept a good shape. I developed a problem with the steering wheel and I don't know why yet. We need to avoid it happening again of course, but during the race I didn't have an option. It's not like parking the car, check if everything's all right and then fix the problem. It was quite annoying because it was a strange feeling. But then, at some point, I forgot about it and just tried to get used to it, which was tricky because it just kept changing and getting worse. However, in the end the pace was still there. More generally, I don't like the short term view that some people have, that after a good race everything is great and you are the hero, but after a bad race it is a disaster. It is not fair because people work hard spending a lot of time, working all together on the car. In my opinion, we have the best car and downforce which, hasn't been the case for many years. In the end we can make a difference and we have done that so far. We have our testing days here next week and we have a lot of work to do. After that there will be the Belgian GP. Our car has been good there and I think we have some improvements, so it should be fine.
Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
VETTEL 1st 1:39:46.713 - 70 1:20.807 69
  1st stop 32 Soft
RAIKKONEN 2nd 1:39:47.621 0.908 70 1:20.461 70
  1st stop 33 Soft
Weather: air 32/33°C, asphalt 52/53°C. Clear

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