Sebastian Vettel moved into second place in the 2015 Formula 1 Drivers Championship after finishing as runner-up to Lewis Hamilton in the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom on Sunday.
The Scuderia Ferrari driver praised his team for providing him with a great car for the race, and admitted he enjoyed making his way towards the front following a less-than-ideal start that saw him drop to fifth.
Vettel overtook team-mate Kimi Raikkonen on the road after a great battle between the two, and then leapfrogged Valtteri Bottas in the pits, before sliding down the inside of Sergio Perez to take second.
“Overall I am very happy,” revealed Vettel. “It was a great day, a great race and I felt really good in the car. In particular I am very happy for the Team, they have done a great job, after the lacking practice the days before.
“My start was not so good, I struggled a little bit, but as the race went on I fought my way to the front. After the safety car came in I could overtake Kimi and start the hunt for Williams.
“As for my fight with Kimi, first of all I think we both enjoyed the battle that since it was still so early in the race, it was right to let us fight to provide some excitement.
“In the end I was just able to finish my race. Lewis deserved the win, but we were maybe closer than some had expected.”