Sebastian Vettel felt delighted to have scored his 11th podium finish of the 2015 Formula 1 season after crossing the line second in today’s Russian Grand Prix.
Despite dropping to fifth on the first lap, Vettel managed to fight his way back up the order to finish second at the Sochi Autodrom behind runaway race winner Lewis Hamilton.
Vettel also moved up to second in the drivers’ championship, pulling clear of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg after the German driver was forced to retire from the race.
Speaking on the podium, Vettel explained how the Ferrari car felt fantastic throughout the grand prix, and that he even thought that he could have caught Hamilton at one point.
“I think it was a very good race, the car was fantastic and just kept getting better,” Vettel said. “At some point I was hoping maybe there was a slight chance to catch Lewis, but he had so much pace in hand I don’t think he was really pushing in the end.
“Great result, obviously it would have been nice to have both cars up on the podium which I think was possible today. Very happy with how the race went.”
Vettel hopes that Ferrari’s recent good form points to an improved challenge for both world championship in 2015, believing that ground is being made up on Mercedes at the front.
“I hope so, that’s our target,” Vettel said. “We want to be a bit better in the race and make sure we give some really good challenge to the Mercedes.
“Currently they’re still a bit ahead, but we’re doing a very good job. We’re focusing on ourselves, gaining step by step, getting a bit closer, going in a good direction.”