Sebastian Vettel: “There was a big chance to win the race”

Sebastian Vettel admitted that there as a big opportunity to take the first victory of the season for the Scuderia Ferrari team at the Spanish Grand Prix, only to find himself forced to settle for third behind team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and race winner Max Verstappen.

Vettel had started down in sixth following a disappointing qualifying, and could have attacked for victory but for a third pit stop that left him well behind the two ahead of him, and he also complained of a lack of pace from his SF16-H.

Despite that, he feels there is nothing wrong with his car, and the upgrades brought to the Circuit de Catalunya appeared to work.

“Today there was a big chance to win the race, so definitely I was attacking to win, that was what I was hoping for,” revealed Vettel. “But that lasted up to the point where I came out after the last stop and I realized the advantage I had, with a set of tires that were a couple of laps fresher, over the guys ahead was practically not there.

“We struggled on the Medium tires, where Red Bull was strong, and this is the reason why Kimi and I couldn’t attack, but we were very strong on the Soft tires.

“We decided to split the strategies between the two cars: I went for the three stop strategy, then I tried to attack the leader and I succeeded, but in the end both Daniel and myself came out behind the two stoppers. So all in all we were lacking pace, which is something we need to understand.

“There is nothing wrong with our car, it’s good, it works well, and the stuff we brought here seems to work.”