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Vettel from fourth to second at the 2015 Russian GP

Vettel from fourth to second place
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D this time the start backfired. At the Japanese GP, Sebastian Vettel made up two positions in the first few meters. Two weeks later in Sochi it didn't work. Instead, the four-time world champion lost a position in his Ferrari SF15-T to team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. 'I had spinning wheels,' Vettel apologized.

Spinning wheels at the start for Vettel

But despite the different start, the Heppenheimer in Russia got a better result. Because this time Nico Rosberg couldn't get past him. The Mercedes driver retired early. Vettel benefited from this in two ways. With his second place after 53 laps he collected 18 points. With that he overtook Rosberg and after 15 of 19 races is new World Championship runner-up. With 236 points. Seven ahead of Rosberg, with whom he will probably fight for the runner-up title behind Lewis Hamilton in the remaining GPs.

Fighting is a good keyword. Vettel fought a couple of duels with Kimi Räikkönen at the Russian GP. The Iceman was able to block the first attempt after the first safety car phase. He starved Vettel on the outside lane.

Ferrari let its pilots do their thing. In contrast to earlier years, when people like to fall back on a stable management. 'We didn't think about the championship at that moment. There weren't any instructions,' explained team boss Maurizio Arrivabene with a close duel

At the second restart, Raikkonen did not break away decisively. A weakness that the Finns have often seen. His team-mate used the second chance better. He sat on the inside at the end of the straight. 'I don't have top speed,' Raikkonen later complained over the radio.

Only by taking short cuts did he stay ahead in the Ferrari duel. Until Raikkonen let Vettel go later to avoid a penalty. At least that's what it looked like in the TV pictures. 'It was very close between Kimi and me. But it worked. I think we both enjoyed the fight. I probably a little more than him,' said Vettel happily.

Then he made ground good on Valtteri Bottas, who was second to date. When Vettel stuck in the rear of the Williams FW37, the Finn was brought to the pits. Ferrari put on the right horse and left Vettel outside on the supersofts. Between laps 26 and 30, when Vettel came to the pits, he got the crucial seconds out. 'I had moreJuice in the tires as Bottas. We were able to pass him relatively comfortably at the stop, 'explained Vettel.

Raikkonen punished before colliding with Bottas

After his stop, only Sergio Perez stood in his way. The Mexican was through An early first tire change was flushed forward. On fresh tires, the Ferrari with starting number five attacked when braking to turn 13. 'I think I surprised him a bit. At this point it is not easy to overtake. '

Hamilton had already hurried at this time. But Vettel nibbled off a few seconds.' I felt at ease in the car. At a certain point I even hoped to be able to catch up with Lewis. 'Nothing came of that. At the finish he was 5.9 seconds short of the winner.' Still, a very good result for us. 'After all, the fastest race lap remained next to second place in 1: 40.071 minutes. The first of the season.

Team mate Kimi Räikkönen collided on the last lap in an attack on Bottas. In the battle for third place. 'A racing accident,' said Arrivabene and Räikkönen, who did The stewards saw it differently. They subsequently imposed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty. Because Raikkonen could no longer serve his penalty, it was converted into a penalty time of 30 seconds fifth was eighth place, which made Mercedes the constructors' world champion afterwards.

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