Vettel beat out his teammate and polesitter Kimi Raikkonen in what some say was orchestrated by their team giving favoritism to Sebastian Vettel. No matter how it's a happy day for their team Scuderia Ferrari collecting a first and second place finish that has not happened for them since 2010 in the German Grand Prix.
Vittel is the current point leader with 129 points, a full 25 point in front Lewis Hamilton now with 104 points.
“It feels unbelievable,” Vettel said. “It was a very intense race. I was hoping at the start to have a better launch but Kimi had a good start and I didn’t have anywhere to go so had to be patient. There was a phase in the first stint that was really tricky. The tires started to slide which was quite uncomfortable but then they came back to life with a couple of laps where they were really good. I pushed and gave it everything I had because I knew that if there was a chance to win then this was it. I was able to use that window and came out ahead.”
“It’s hard to say really,” a frustrated Raikkonen said. “It’s still second place but it doesn’t feel awfully good. This is how it goes sometimes and we go for the next race, try to do it better but you wish you’d get a bit more.”
Daniel Ricciardo was third and said, “I’m happier today for sure, having been left disappointed by several strategy calls in Saturday’s qualifying session. Yesterday I felt that we had so much more to offer and it was just a shame not to be able to show out potential around here. I got my chance today when Max and Bottas pitted. I had the track to myself for a few laps and just managed to get a few good times in and got the overcut so was happy with that.”
Formula 1 racing returns June 11 for the Canadian Grand Prix.