Sebastian Vettel and his team finally got what they were waiting for. Winning the first points. They had a great race, so Vettel finished 8th. "It's like a victory,” he said for motorsport. “We have to be honest, we are not the fastest at the minute.
I think we are pretty much at the other side of the field. But today we did really well, the weekend helped us with the conditions, but we managed to capitalise. “I think we did a great job on calling for the dry tyres, and everybody else then I think copied what we did.
So I was happy to go even a lap before or two. So yeah, it was really, really good. “And obviously, no chance to hold Charles off in the end, he's like four seconds faster, three seconds faster. If you told us that we are fighting a Ferrari with four laps to go before the race I would have would have taken it.
“I mean, it's still eighth position. So it's not as enjoyable as winning. But to be honest, you know, I've driven a lot of races where I finished on the podium and I've done a worse race. So I'm very happy”.
Vettel is not optimistic about the car
At the moment, the car does not give him safety, nor can he give his maximum, so he will have to work on it. "We didn't put anything on for performance,” he said. “We suffered an issue with the steering feeling.
And we were able to improve it slightly for this race. But it's still a handful. “I think if you watch the onboard our car is very difficult to drive and even down the straights, you need to be focused. So yeah, it's what it is.
But therefore it's very tasty, very sweet to have the result today”. His team could finally start showing better performances after this race. “Very important. I mean, it's harsh, you work your arse off and when you have a good package it's easy to score good results.
And then it's about perfection to deliver the perfect result. “But you know, the work that goes into the back of the field which to be honest for many years, I did not appreciate as much because I wasn't there, but it's the same work that goes in from all the people in the team.
“And it's even harder, because you don't get any cookie or reward after the race. So try and make your dog jump without a cookie to please him afterwards, it's hard! So it's good for them. And yeah, I'm happy for the team and good to get both cars in the points”.