Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has described Ferrari’s performance at European Grand Prix as a “great recovery” after finishing the race in second place.
“It was a great job for us today,” Vettel said in a statement, via the Grand Prix Times. “Already by the end of yesterday, the car was coming alive.
“We were struggling a bit [during practice] on Friday, but to see where we are now, it’s a great recovery. It’s our second, second place in a row.
“We’re two times in a row on the podium now after Canada, which is great, scoring some good points. I think the pace is there, the car is good and we’re coming along.”
Vettel has struggled in practice but qualified third and advanced to a clear second place in the European Grand Prix at Baku. Having dropped back from third place at the start of the race, Vettel moved back up to second place, which Vettel has maintained to the checkered flag.
Vettel emerged behind Raikkonen after his pitstop, but Raikkonen had a five-second penalty for crossing the pit entry white line, and thus the Ferrari team has decided to let Sebastian Vettel pass teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
In the end, Kimi Raikkonen has managed to secure the fourth place, retaining the position despite a five-second time penalty for crossing the pit lane entry line.
The Maranello-based outfit has seen trouble in the past few months. The team has its worst race of the season in Monaco GP, scoring only 12 points while rival archrival Mercedes pulled 67 points clear in the constructors’ championship.
Despite frustrations, Ferrari racing chief Maurizio Arrivabene is confident and still believes that an F1 title glory is still possible for the Italian outfit.
Arrivabene also added that his team showed improved pace in Sunday’s race, although it’s still not good enough.
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