The German took the control at the start of the race, perfectly managed an incident-packed race to finish 2.8sec ahead of pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes.
During the FIA post-race press conference Vettel has expressed his confidence in Ferrari team and he is expecting this form can carry the strength into the next couple of years, not just for 2018. Also, the four-time world champion aims the Ferrari domination in upcoming season.
“Initially I had a very good getaway and then I had a bit of wheelspin, so I thought, “ah, I missed my chance”. Vettel said during the podium interview.
“But I think Valtteri was struggling even more off the line, so I really had a chance to squeeze down the inside. I think I surprised him a bit, which obviously was crucial. After that, I think we were pushing, after the safety car, for the remaining 65 laps flat out. I was really trying to give everything to pull a little bit of a gap, to control the race from there. Really happy, especially for all the guys in the team back home in Maranello, they have been working so hard. It’s been a tough couple of weeks for us but nice to get it today and have both cars up here.”
Q: (Ian Parks – New York Times) Vettel, I appreciate there’s still one more race to go but with the titles done and dusted now, I was just wondering how you reflect on this season, one of hope and promise but frustration and bitterness, what happened after Italy going through those Asia rounds? How do you look on it?
Vettel: “Well, I think it’s a good job that we have races now because it helps to sort of get over it because you’re distracted, I guess. I think it’s tough… obviously in the past you didn’t have to deal with this so it’s not to say I was quite fortunate but I think it helps to just have something to do, to be honest.”
“Overall I think it was very positive this year. Nobody expected Ferrari to be that strong, for us to be that strong. We made the biggest step, there was a lot of talk about other people but in the end we were there from the start and also until the end. We are two races to go, we are in a position to fight for victory, we won here, two cars on the podium. I think there’s a lot of positives. Of course if you miss out it sort of sucks, there’s no other way, but you have to be fair as well.” The German added
“We hadn’t been very competitive last year, we hadn’t been very good developing the car and we’ve made massive progress this year so even if you look at the chance that maybe you missed, you have to give credit to all the people, to all the team for the step that we made.”
“I think we can all feel that we’re getting stronger so hopefully we can carry that strength into the next couple of years, not just next year, not just the winter but also the future because I think our objective is to bring Ferrari back properly, get there and dominate. That’s what we want to do.”