Last quote by Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel quotes
In the end I was not entirely happy with my lap, I was pretty happy with the end, maybe not so much with the opening of the lap where we lost a bit too much, but I think Lewis did a very good lap so I don't think... I would have loved to... but I don't think pole was up for grabs.
We have good car, things are improving. The confidence in the car was there and we showed it. I was not entirely happy with my lap but I don't think pole was up for grabs. I think we can do something in the race, the pace will be much better than in practice. We have gone through a lot of changes and the team has got better. People are fired up and we are motivated for tomorrow.
We had some small trouble this morning, which cost us some track time so it took a bit longer to get into the groove. Overall I think we can still improve. The car doesn't yet feel as good as it should and as it can. I'm confident we can do something overnight.
I hope not but we'll see. Today is not really that important in the end. It is very important but not when you look at the final standings, one lap time only. I think overall it's been OK. People from the outside always make up their own opinion, no matter what you tell them but that's how it is. Obviously we've been very happy at testing, times look good, but it doesn't mean anything when you come here and that's when it matters, I think we were realistic about that.
As I said today was OK, I think the car feels good. It hasn't changed much, I mean it's only two weeks ago we got out of the car but it's good to be back here and as I said we can still improve.
Mercedes have been in very strong form over the past three years. If a team is strong then they will build a strong car the year after, no matter what they do with the rules, so it is very clear who is the favourites. For all of us sitting here we are trying our best to catch up. How much we have succeeded we will see.
We've worked on all areas trying to improve but we all know qualifying is important to have a good race, so the higher up you qualify the better chances you have in the race. Statistically doesn't look that good, so hopefully we can turn that around. Last year was closer [with teammate Kimi Raikkonen] than the year before but it's always been fairly close. Obviously, I want to be in front of him and he wants to be in front of me, but starting the season priority number one is that hopefully we are in front of the others.
Mercedes has been in very, very strong form for the last three years and even though we changed the rules and regulations, if a team is strong they will build a strong car the year after no matter what you do with the rules. So it is clear who the favourite is. For all of us, we are doing our best to catch up. How much we have succeeded we will see.
Naturally since the day I got into Formula One the cars got faster and faster and they tend to stall a little bit. We distributed cornering speed versus cornering speed. For us what really gives us a good feeling is cornering speed and we're back to the level we were ten years ago and maybe a bit faster. So for us it's nice to have the feeling you're driving the fastest cars you've ever driven. On competitiveness we're all here to find out -- we're here to go racing.
Well, it's March now, so... If you are in the fight for the title it is a question for October, November. Looking at the performance of the cars it was expected to be a big step up and that's how it felt on the track. I think that's what we all said when we got out of the car, that it's a big step forward, so it's not entirely fair to judge to the previous years because it's a different formula and it will be the fastest cars we've ever driven.
I'm sorry for what I said. Obviously when we are racing, when we are fighting...for sure I regret what I said and certainly didn't mean it.
He also indicated that he would likewise be contacting (Red Bull's) Max Verstappen and vowed that such an incident would never occur again.
He has to let me go, he has to let me go.
I think we are all fairly busy at this time to focus on the four races that are left and focus in particular to prepare for next year so I think that's where...the main focus lies.
I'm not entirely happy because the gap is quite big, the guys ahead are in a world of their own.
It is really difficult to realise you have achieved it twice but I think you set yourself new targets again and again and we are hungry, we want to win, we are competitive, we are ambitious. We want to be there and enjoy these moments.