Vettel upbeat over 'most improved' Ferrari

By on Sunday, March 15, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel cut an upbeat figure after taking a podium for Ferrari on his debut for the team in Australia.

Vettel beat Felipe Massa to third position to collect 15 championship points and afterwards labelled Ferrari the most improved team over the winter.

"The start was not the best, there was too much wheelspin and when I tried to hold the inside line, my tyres were still too cold," he said.

"We had a great race strategy, which allowed us to jump the Williams, which had a good top speed, at our one pit stop. Now we must confirm our performance in the coming races and then, one step at a time, let’s hope we can begin to close on the Mercedes.

"The gap is still big, but of all the teams, I think ours is the one that has improved the most over the winter. For a long time, I’ve dreamed of driving for Ferrari and it’s happened at the right time."

Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen retired following his second stop but was encouraged by his pace.

"Shortly after the start, someone hit me from behind," he said. "Then I felt another contact on my right side, but I don’t think it was Sebastian’s car.

"The impact activated the anti-stall system and did some damage to the floor of the car. We were very quick in the race, able to catch the Williams and to fight for the podium: but then there were problems at both pit stops."

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