Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel heads into this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi circuit off the back of an eventful Chinese Grand Prix, having labeled Daniil Kvyat’s, the man who replaced him at Red Bull Racing driving suicidal following their clash in China the German has softened his stance saying that it was just a racing incident.
Despite the collision, Vettel went on to finish the Chinese Grand Prix in second place behind race winner Nico Rosberg and will be aiming to go one better in Sochi on Sunday where last season he finished the race on the podium in second place behind Mercedes Lewis Hamilton and ahead of Sahara Force India Formula One Team’s Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez.
Vettel is currently in 4th place in the championship on 33 points, just six behind second placed Lewis Hamilton and five ahead of team mate Kimi Raikkonen. Speaking ahead of the weekend’s action, Vettel stated:
We didn’t have the first three races that we were looking for, but I think we are in a better position than last year. It is natural to have a sense of pressure, especially from myself. There have been races where I was very happy for what I’ve done and there have been occasions in which I know I didn’t do my best, but that’s how it is. Usually, when you finish second the year before in the Championship overall, you want to be the best team next year. We said many times we are happy with the car, we are on the right track. We are not overly concerned. I think it’s about putting things together and things coming together as well. For sure we are not sitting here waiting to have a lucky race. We are working very hard and we want to make progresses. The race is on Sunday and there’s always a chance. So, for now we have to focus on Friday and then go from there. Honestly, I think about how I feel with the car and our feeling is good. We look at ourselves and not too much at the others.