Fernando Alonso: “We can claim to have started this season on the right foot, immediately in the fight with the best. Along with the results from winter testing, it is a very encouraging sign that we managed to get the most out of a weekend that was full of unknown factors, both in qualifying and the race. I think the three stop strategy was the right one: with the degradation we had, it would have been impossible to manage on one less and bringing forward the second one by a few laps meant I was able to pass Vettel and Sutil. Finishing ahead of the Red Bull tastes like a win, even if we know that despite today’s race result, they are still the quickest. Now we can expect another weekend with very changeable weather and one that also puts a lot of stress on the cars from a mechanical point of view and on the drivers, from a physical one. But we can tackle it calmly on the back of this good result”.
Melbourne, 18 March –At last, a start that lived up to expectations. After some less than favourable debuts at the Australian Grand Prix
Pat Fry: “In the morning, qualifying was very tough as it was vital to choose the right tyre at the most opportune moment
Felipe Massa: “This is definitely a very positive start to the season, especially because this is a track where I have always