Sebastian Vettel: “Today it was a great race”


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Sebastian Vettel was happy with his result at the seventh round of the 2016 Formula 1 season in Canada where he claimed the runners-up spot on Sunday.

After a good qualifying session on Saturday where the Scuderia Ferrari qualified behind the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS duo, he finished the Grand Prix behind Lewis Hamilton in second. Vettel had a great getaway at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where he led from third into the first corner.

This successful getaway wasn’t enough for the German as he was unable to keep Hamilton behind, he made two trips to the pit lane whereas the Briton made only one. Vettel believes overall Ferrari did their best in Montreal and hopes to improve on this result at the European Grand Prix this weekend.

“Today it was a great race,” said Vettel. “I enjoyed every single lap and it’s just a shame that the trophy is not as big as it could have been.

“There’s no reason to give the team any criticism for the strategy: when I pitted for the first time we thought it would be quicker, so I was happy to come in. We expected obviously the tires to last a little bit less, but they didn’t. The good news is the car is working, we had a normal Saturday, which allowed us to have a great race.

“In my point of view, I know that we have the best people in terms of strategy. I know that this car is a step forward, we know also that there’s still potential, and we’re not yet where we want to be. I also think we put ourselves under enormous pressure because we want to win. As a team, we came here and did our best, this weekend we were very close and hopefully next week we’ll be there.”