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25. Mai 2018

I think it was a decent day. In Monaco there’s always traffic, and today we had the red flag, so that it was a bit messy....

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Mexican Grand Prix

Mexico City
30 October

Race
 
  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
RAIKKONEN 6th 1:41:20.778 + 49.376 71 1:22.512 47
  1st stop Lap 20 New Medium
  2nd stop Lap 45 Old Medium
VETTEL 5th 1:40:58.715 + 27.313 71 1:22.497 61
  1st stop Lap 32 New Medium
Weather: air 19/22°C, asphalt 42/50 °C. Sunny
Sebastian Vettel
Today I think we did everything right, we had a very good pace. I think we could have even done better with a better position in Qualifying, but we can't change yesterday. We were very positive going into the day today, we knew that the speed was there, so we had good confidence for the race. We made the tires last longer than anybody else. We were quicker, so we put Verstappen under pressure: for sure it was not easy to pass, but he did a mistake, cut the track and didn't give the position back even if he was told to do so. About the fight with Daniel: I respect him a lot, it is never ideal when you touch. On my defense, I was fighting hard, and trying to give him some space, which I think I did.

United States Grand Prix

Austin Texas
22 October

Qualifying
 
  RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
Q1 P6 1:36.985 New Supersoft - 3 laps P7 1:37.151 New Supersoft - 4 laps
Q2 P5 1:36.584 New Supersoft - 3 laps P4 1:36.462 New Supersoft - 3 laps
Q3 P5 1:36.131 New Supersoft - 3 laps P6 1:36.358 New Supersoft - 3 laps
      New Supersoft - 3 laps     New Supersoft - 3 laps
Weather: air 26/27 °C, track 36/37 °C. Sunny.
Sebastian Vettel
Qualifying was not so good, hopefully the race will go better. Surely we can try and look at different things, learn from today, go forward, and for sure we are not pleased with the gap to the cars ahead. It was not the best session for me: overall it was ok, the car felt fine, but in the end we were not just quick enough. For sure in Q3 I could have done a slightly better lap, but at the end of the day obviously we are missing a bit compared to the cars in front, so I think tomorrow could be a different day. Probably in my last lap I was a bit too aggressive. There remains a bit of a question mark at this point, at least on why we were so competitive in fast corners in Suzuka and here we are missing out; but then again we are missing out across all sectors. For tomorrow we'll see, there's always a chance to outsmart the people but I think we have to react on the fly. The strategy is set for the beginning, in terms the tires to start the race with, but we kept some new tire sets, so we'll see. It could be an interesting race: tire degradation is always important, it could be playing a big role tomorrow.

United States Grand Prix

Austin Texas
21 October

Free Practice
 
  RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
First Session P4 1:39.407 21 laps P8 1:39.988 15 laps
Weather: air 20/23 °C, asphalt 24/30 °C. Sunny
Second Session P10 1:38.865 31 laps P4 1:38.178 35 laps
Weather: air 25/27 °C, asphalt 37/40 °C. Sunny
Sebastian Vettel
To be fair, It was a tough day. This morning we had some problems with a little wing that failed and came off, so we lost some track time, which was a bit "costy" for the afternoon because we couldn't re-balance the car. We are a bit on the backfoot today and I am not entirely happy with the car balance yet; it is a little bit too nervous, but I think for tomorrow we can improve. On Friday usually you don't see the full picture, so hopefully tomorrow we will be a lot stronger. Today the Red Bulls were very quick, there is no doubt, but I still think we have a chance. It's Friday and I wouldn't worry too much. You never know what the others are doing, we knew about ourselves, but we didn't have the best day. For sure it will be very close with them and it will be difficult to match them tomorrow with the speed that they showed today, but I think the Ferrari you saw today is not the Ferrari you will see tomorrow.

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