Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel finished fourth at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, extending his winless run to three races and seeing Lewis Hamilton increase his lead to 17 points in the drivers’ championship.
“Today we just didn’t have the right pace, Mercedes was faster than us and we hadn’t many chances. We tried our best, but something was missing and we need to improve on this.” – the four-time Formula One world champion explained.
Sebastian got off to a great start this season, winning the first two races, before his fortunes changed for the worse. The German driver was also fourth in Azerbaijan, when he made a mistake while trying to pass Valtteri Bottas late in the race. In China, he couldn’t manage more than eighth place after an ill-timed safety car and a subsequent collision caused by Max Verstappen. He had won in Bahrain and in the season-opener in Australia, when he wasn’t as dominant as Hamilton but took advantage of a safety car to win on race strategy.
Ask to comment of the outcome of the 2018 Spanish Grand Prix, a race in which the other Scuderia Ferrari driver, Kimi Raikkonen, was forced to retire due to an engine issue, Scuderia Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said: “In many ways, this is a weekend in which nothing went right. Now, calmly and with accuracy, we need to analyse the reasons, and they are various, which prevented us from exploiting the potential we demonstrated in the previous races. Then we will prepare for the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix, in a professional, determined and confident manner.” – he concluded.