Sebastian Vettel: “We can be very proud of what we achieved”


GP EUROPA F1/2016 - BAKU (AZERBAIJAN) © FOTO STUDIO COLOMBO PER FERRARI MEDIA (© COPYRIGHT FREE)

Sebastian Vettel took second place in the 2016 European Grand Prix in Baku this weekend, yet the German was not massively enthused by the result, having finished seventeen seconds behind race winner Nico Rosberg, with the Scuderia Ferrari looking well off the pace and performance of the German’s Mercedes AMG PETRONAS.

“We can be very proud of what we achieved today, both cars got points. We were very bad off and slow on Friday and initially we didn’t know why. We changed a lot in the car, made big steps forward, and we finished second today.

“I think the way things went on the track was fantastic, but we can’t be entirely happy. We lost a position with Kimi but he played nice team work, he was very kind to hand me the place. In the end it was a bit of a shame that we didn’t manage to finish second and third, but I think he was struggling quite a bit with his tires.”

Vettel believes the Maranello based squad are working hard to try to catch their rivals or at the very least make things difficult for them for the remainder of the season, but the German knows it will take time for them to achieve their full potential, but at the same time they must improve with every race in order to make gains on the competition.

“Ambition is high but, moving forward step by step, I am sure we will do the right things for this year and for the future to make sure we give the others a very hard time. We didn’t have a wonderful start of the season, even though the car has been good, but I think most of the times we didn’t fully use our opportunities. However, today we did a great job.

“We will keep doing the optimum and keep enhancing our chances to be there at the end of the year, but surely we know we have to pick up our game and improve the car.”