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Posted on Friday, July 1, 2016

Vettel pins FP2 exit on brake issue

Sebastian Vettel says a problem with his brake bias triggered his exit from the second practice session at the Austrian Grand Prix. Vettel locked the rears under braking for Turn 2 and spun at high speed, sliding through the gravel trap before coming to a halt, avoiding contact with the barriers in the process. Vettel, whose incident came during the closing stages, placed fourth during a session affected by wet weather at the Red Bull Ring. Vettel had been third quickest during the completely dry […]

Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2016

Vettel encouraged by Ferrari recovery

Sebastian Vettel praised the recovery carried out by his Ferrari team as he finished on the podium at the European Grand Prix after initial struggles during practice. Vettel languished in eighth place on Friday before Ferrari made gains on Saturday, culminating in Vettel securing fourth on the grid, which became third following Sergio Perez's penalty. Vettel maintained his position at the start before moving ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo to finish in second position, behind Mercedes' Nico Rosberg. "It was a great job for […]

Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2016

Vettel: Gap to Mercedes is 'very big'

Sebastian Vettel has accepted that Ferrari's deficit to Mercedes is "very big," but he remains confident that the outfit can enjoy a profitable race at the European Grand Prix. Vettel was fourth quickest during qualifying at the Baku City Circuit - setting an identical time to Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo - but will start from third following a penalty for Force India's Sergio Perez. Vettel battled with Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton for honours in Canada, ultimately placing second, and reckons Ferrari can perform well, despite trailing […]

Posted on Friday, June 17, 2016

Vettel confident despite low-key day

Sebastian Vettel says he is confident Ferrari can make gains following a low-key pair of practice sessions ahead of the European Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit. Vettel was only eighth quickest during the second practice session, with his best time almost two seconds shy of the overall fastest lap set by Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton. Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen also had a quiet day, setting only the 13th best time before pulling off of the circuit during the closing stages. "In the […]

Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016

Vettel: Ferrari 'full of winning people'

Sebastian Vettel has dismissed suggestions that Ferrari has forgotten how to win races, amid Red Bull and Mercedes' supremacy at the head of the standings across the past few years. Ferrari has only won 15 races since its most recent Constructors' title in 2008, compared to 51 for Red Bull and 42 for Mercedes, and squandered opportunities to win in Australia and Canada. However, Vettel has staunchly defended Ferrari amid accusations that it is not as confident dealing with being at the front of the […]

Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2016

Vettel happy despite missing win chance

Sebastian Vettel declared himself happy with Ferrari's performance at the Canadian Grand Prix despite missing out on a first victory of the season. Vettel surged into the lead at the start but Ferrari opted to utilise a two-stop strategy, while Mercedes stopped Lewis Hamilton only once at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. That enabled Hamilton to move into a lead which he would not relinquish, as Vettel finished the race in second position. "I had a fantastic start," beamed Vettel. "Lap 1 was a bit hairy, […]

Posted on Saturday, June 11, 2016

Vettel 'very happy' with qualifying lap

Sebastian Vettel declared himself "very happy" with his final Q3 effort as he secured third place on the grid for the Canadian Grand Prix. Vettel clocked a time of 1:12.990 to end qualifying as the only non-Mercedes driver to dip below the 1:13s mark, as he finished within two-tenths of a second of pole sitter Lewis Hamilton. "I think going into qualifying I thought it was possible," Vettel said when asked whether pole position was on his mind. "As a driver you always feel there’s […]

Posted on Saturday, June 11, 2016

Vettel leads truncated final session

Sebastian Vettel led the way for Ferrari during the final practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix, which was brought to an early halt due to Kevin Magnussen’s accident. Magnussen's car snapped left through Turn 7 and he suffered a heavy impact with the wall on the exit of the corner, sustaining substantial damage to the left hand side of the Renault RS.16. Magnussen’s off brought the session to an end 15 minutes earlier than planned. Vettel had clocked the quickest time during a session […]

Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2016

Vettel accepts blame for lost podium chance

Sebastian Vettel was left to rue a missed opportunity for the podium places as he finished the Monaco Grand Prix in fourth position. Vettel switched from Full Wet tyres to Intermediates early on but filtered back on track behind Williams' Felipe Massa, who he was unable to overhaul. Force India kept Sergio Perez out on track and when the Mexican made his pit stop, he emerged ahead of Vettel, with their positions maintained across the remainder of the race. "It was a difficult race, I […]

Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2016

Vettel 'really disappointed' by qualifying pace

Sebastian Vettel conceded he was "really disappointed" by Ferrari's pace during qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix as he finished the session in fourth place. Vettel and Ferrari languished down the order during Thursday's second practice session but moved to the front on Saturday morning, indicating that Ferrari was in the mix for pole position. However, Vettel was able to record only the fourth best time in Q3, almost a second down on Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. "Of course I'm really disappointed, because what we […]

Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2016

Vettel heads close final practice session

Sebastian Vettel led the way during a tightly-contested final practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. Vettel clocked a lap of 1:14.650 to edge out Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton by just 0.018s, with Nico Rosberg a tenth of a second further back in third. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was 0.157s behind Vettel in fourth spot, indicating a three-way fight for overall honours this weekend. Max Verstappen survived a scare when he brushed the wall at Massenet and ended up fifth overall. Toro Rosso maintained its encouraging […]

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016

Vettel: 'Scrappy' session masks true pace

Sebastian Vettel believes the "scrappy" nature of his second practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix has masked Ferrari's true pace. Vettel was only ninth fastest during Thursday's second session around the streets of Monte Carlo, as the German also had two brushes with the barrier. Vettel spun at Mirabeau Haute and backed into the wall, before later clipping the barriers as he exited Sainte Devote. "It was not a "clean" day in the office today," he admitted. "Our session was a bit scrappy: I […]