19 | 06 | 2016 European Grand Prix, Race

Europe Grand Prix

Baku Circuit
19 June

  Pos. Time Gap Laps FL Lap
RAIKKONEN 4th 1:33:25.468 + 33.102 51 1:47.181 41
  1st stop Lap 8 New Soft
VETTEL 2nd 1:33:09.062 + 16.696 51 1:47.028 49
  1st stop Lap 20 New Soft
Weather: air 31/32 °C, asphalt 40/52 °C. Sunny
Sebastian Vettel
Today it was a great race, I enjoyed every single lap and it's just a shame that the trophy is not as big as it could have been. There's no reason to give the team any criticism for the strategy: when I pitted for the first time we thought it would be quicker, so I was happy to come in. We expected obviously the tires to last a little bit less, but they didn't. The good news is the car is working, we had a normal Saturday, which allowed us to have a great race. I had a perfect start, I reacted well to the light going off, I did not look at the others and only focused on myself and was able to fly past and by turn 1 it was done. I was very happy to be in the lead and push properly and then probably in the last corner I pushed a bit too much. Of course I would have loved to hit more than 1 or 2 tenths per lap, maybe 3, maybe 7 tenths for lap, but I think it was a great race and you should not get overexcited with strategy. In my point of view, I know that we have the best people in terms of strategy. I know that this car is a step forward, we know also that there's still potential, and we're not yet where we want to be. I also think we put ourselves under enormous pressure because we want to win. As a team, we came here and did our best, this weekend we were very close and hopefully next week we'll be there.

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