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Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Vettel leads Rosberg at Barcelona test

Sebastian Vettel set the quickest time for Ferrari on a drama-free day of in-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Tuesday. Vettel moved to the front on the Soft tyres during the afternoon session with a time of 1:23.220 as he finished 0.117s clear of Mercedes rival Nico Rosberg. Jenson Button was third for McLaren-Honda, having clocked his best time during the morning on the Super Soft compound, with Haas' Romain Grosjean fourth. Grosjean's quickest time came on the Ultra Soft tyres, which will […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Vettel sure Monaco will suit Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel is sure that Ferrari will be able to fight for victory at the Monaco Grand Prix, despite being overhauled by Red Bull in Spain. Vettel finished third at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as he was beaten to the flag by Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Vettel is nonetheless confident that Ferrari can vanquish Red Bull and provide a challenge to Mercedes. "I think it should be a strong track for us, we were very competitive last year," he said. […]

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016

Ferrari 'realistic' over pace in Spain

Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene has stressed that his outfit must be "realistic" despite a double podium finish at the Spanish Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen was second, with Sebastian Vettel third, but Arrivabene emphasised that the first lap collision between the Mercedes drivers distorted the situation. "We must be realistic and accept the fact that, if both Mercedes had been in the race, the result would have been different," he said. "We had an opportunity and we failed to take advantage. "Even if on track […]

Posted on Sunday, May 15, 2016

Vettel surprised by two-stop superiority

Sebastian Vettel admitted his surprise at a two-stop strategy being the better approach during the Spanish Grand Prix, as he finished the race in third place. Vettel trailed Red Bull rivals Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen across the first stint of the race but was in the mix for victory, as both he and Ricciardo adopted three-stop strategies. However, Verstappen and Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen moved into the top two positions after stopping only twice, with the order retained until the end of the […]

Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ferrari puzzled by qualifying slump

Sebastian Vettel conceded that Ferrari "didn't get it right" as he managed only sixth place during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. Vettel had closed to within two-tenths of a second of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg during Saturday morning's final practice session, suggesting Ferrari had the potential to challenge for pole position. However, Vettel could set only the sixth best time in Q3, 1.3 seconds behind pole man Lewis Hamilton. "I think every day can be tough but for sure I didn't expect to be that […]

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016

Ferrari sure of closer Mercedes challenge

Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are confident that the outfit can make progress in order to challenge Mercedes at the Spanish Grand Prix. Raikkonen finished second to Mercedes' Nico Rosberg during practice at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya while Vettel collected fourth position. "It was a normal Friday, we were focused on our programme," Raikkonen said. "At one point I came back into the garage to check something in the car: we wanted to be sure that everything was ok. "It was only a […]

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016

Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in first practice

Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari 1-2 during the opening practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Vettel and team-mate Kimi Räikkönen both utilised Pirelli’s Soft compound tyres to finish at the head of the pack, with the German quickest on a 1:23.951, 0.138s clear of Räikkönen. Vettel’s only drama came at the end of the session when he had to be wheeled back up the pit lane as the red light came on narrowly before he attempted to re-joined the […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Vettel: Barcelona will be good reference

Sebastian Vettel believes that this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix will provide a good reference about Formula 1's pecking order in 2016 - and where Ferrari stands within it. Vettel and Ferrari have had a mixed campaign so far, securing podium finishes in Australia and China but failing to start in Bahrain due to a power unit problem. Vettel's Russian Grand Prix was also truncated after twice being hit by Daniil Kvyat on the first lap, the latter touch proving terminal to the German's hopes. The […]

Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Vettel labels Kvyat approach 'completely unnecessary'

Sebastian Vettel has criticised Red Bull rival Daniil Kvyat for a "completely unnecessary" approach after he was eliminated on the opening lap in Russia. Vettel was struck from behind by Kvyat under braking for Turn 2, which sent the Ferrari driver into the side of Daniel Ricciardo, who in turn clipped Force India's Sergio Perez. Vettel recovered to negotiate Turn 3 but was hit once more by Kvyat, with the impact resulting in the Ferrari driver being pitched into the barriers and retirement. "I was […]

Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Kvyat apologises for first lap Vettel clash

Daniil Kvyat has apologised to Ferrari rival after they clashed on the opening lap for a second successive race in Russia. Kvyat hit Vettel under braking for Turn 2 and clipped the Ferrari driver once more at Turn 3, the latter contact sending Vettel into the barriers. Kvyat was handed a 10 second stop and go penalty for causing the collision and had three penalty points added to his license. "There was a bit going on obviously in the last moment I didn’t expect to […]

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2016

Vettel eyes recovery after gearbox penalty

Sebastian Vettel is sure that he can make progress at the Russian Grand Prix but accepts Ferrari must make improvements following a grid penalty due to an unscheduled gearbox change. Ferrari has emerged once more as Mercedes' primary challenger in 2016, but Vettel was seven-tenths adrift of Nico Rosberg in qualifying at Sochi, and will drop to seventh due to his penalty. "We will start seventh which is not where we belong, so we should be quicker than the other cars around and go from […]

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016

Vettel set for grid drop after gearbox change

Sebastian Vettel is set to receive a five-place grid penalty at the Russian Grand Prix after Ferrari was forced to fit a new gearbox to his SF16-H. Formula 1 Technical Delegate Jo Bauer confirmed on Friday evening that Ferrari has changed the gearbox in Vettel's car. Each gearbox must last for six consecutive events and as Vettel finished the most recent race in China, the change is outside of the sporting regulations. Vettel, therefore, will drop five places from wherever he qualifies on Saturday. Vettel […]