Sebastian Vettel can be more than pleased with the start of the 2017 Formula One season, with two wins for the Scuderia Ferrari German driver from the first three rounds of the championship, which moves him seven points clear at the top of the Formula 1 Driver Standings.
Sebastian started the 2017 Bahrain GP from third on the grid, but managed to beat both Mercedes drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, after an impressive drive and a very good strategy call from the Maranello team, as German driver said that his pace during the middle stint was decisive in order to beat Mercedes: “The car really worked well during the race, and obviously then you enjoy it every single lap. I think the middle stint for us was crucial staying ahead after the safety car, and then getting some really good and consistent laps in on the super-soft tyre. And then at the end we could control it a little bit. We had a fresh set so I didn’t have to go flat out at the beginning of the last stint which helped, and we had enough tyre to respond at the end.I think already after the first couple of laps I felt the car was good. We stayed close with Valtteri and put him under pressure. It was obviously important to split them at the start. I would say a close to perfect night.” – Sebastian Vettel said, as reported by the online version of La Stampa, the Italian daily newspaper published in Turin
The race in Sakhir was the third Grand Prix in which Seb and Lewis Hamilton managed to finish on the top two positions, as a season-long title fight between the to drivers seems more than possible for the 2017 Formula One championship: “It is exciting, really close, we can see going into the weekend already it’s very close between us. I am not sure what happened to Red Bull, I thought they would be quicker in the race. I don’t know if they had a problem. Obviously the more you have fighting for victory is great, and if you’re amongst them, that’s great. It wasn’t really the case the last couple of years, so for sure we enjoy that.” – the Scuderia Ferrari driver concluded.