Sebastian Vettel said that when he finished third in the first race with Ferrari, he felt like he was winning. The Maranello team had one of the worst seasons in Formula One history last year. They finished the season without a single victory for the first time since 1993.
At the race in Albert Park, however, Vettel came even closer to the Mercedes racers, although he crossed the finish line a whopping 34 seconds later than winner Lewis Hamilton.
“I am very happy and honored to race for Ferrari,” the German said. “We have a great winter behind us and I thanked everyone on the team. I am proud, but we have a lot of work to do if we want to beat Hamilton, Rosberg and Mercedes. Of course, third place is not a victory, but it is also important for us after last year's terrible season, as it is a sign that we did a good job and that the car works, both aerodynamically and from the engine's side. ”
Kimi Raikkonen was in the second Ferrari in the fight for fourth place, but the mechanics hit him twice when changing wheels, and the last one was fatal for Finca, as the champion from the 2007 season was released from the place before the rear left was screwed. wheel. Raikkonen and Vettel almost collided after the start to prevent the collision, the Finn Necu withdrew, but was then hit by Felipe Nasr.
"After the start, someone collided with me and the system on the car turned on, which prevents the engine from shutting down, and then in the next turn, someone collided with me from the side," explained Raikkonen, who fell to seventh place in the first lap. . “I thought the car was damaged, but it turned out we were still fast. Then I came across a few racers who should have overtaken them, which changed our plans for the race.
Then we had problems at both stops and in the end I had to resign, ”added Raikkonen, who, like the team, avoided punishment due to the so-called dangerous release from the garages. The bicycle protection system successfully ensured that the poorly screwed bike did not fly off the car.
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