Vettel pleased with third successive podium

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel says he is 'happy' as he continued Ferrari's fine start to the 2015 season with third place in China.

Vettel, who won in Malaysia, remained within touching distance of Nico Rosberg during the second stint of the race before dropping back and settling for third position.

Vettel remains in second place in the Drivers' championship, 13 points behind Lewis Hamilton.

"All in all we can be really happy, said Vettel. "It is only race three and the steps we have made so far are really impressive.

"Third and fourth place for the team makes me really happy. I would have obviously loved to put more pressure on Mercedes: after the first and second stop we were able to be right there, but in the last stint they were able to pull away quite a lot.

"Basically we are closer than four weeks ago, which is positive, but there is still a lot to do. But what’s very positive is also the fact that we stayed ahead of all the other teams.

"Second for us was not really possible today, you have to accept that our opponents were quick. For Bahrain, we hope to get again a bit closer. We have a strong car no matter which condition, that is the feeling."

Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen jumped from sixth to fourth at the start and closed in on Vettel towards the end of the race but a late safety car prevented him from challenging for the podium.

"My start was ok, I had quite a good jump off the line, and at the first corner I decided to go inside and at the end of the corner I was in the right place and managed to take the Williams under braking – my car is really good at that – and managed to pass them," he said.

"The car was quite good today; the first set of tyres was a bit tricky, but I think it was the same for everybody, and then the next two sets were ok.

"Towards the end of the race I was catching up, I knew I had the speed and I thought I still had good tyres. I could still have had a chance to try and fight for podium but the safety car came in and we know we cannot change that."

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