Australian Race Quotes I

 

Victorious Vettel gets a soaking

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel (1st)
“I’m very pleased, it was a very good weekend and I had a very nice car to sit in this afternoon. It was a good race – towards the end things calmed down a bit.”

“I don’t think it was easy today. The start was crucial and being on the clean side I had a very good getaway.”

Mark Webber (5th)
“I wasn’t quick today and it was the same in qualifying yesterday, so we need to understand the reason why. There wasn’t much else I could do today. I lost the last position to Fernando (Alonso) during the pit stops and that was it really.”

“It was very frustrating. Seb drove a good race, in terms of what the car can do, but it’s not normal for me not to go and match the rhythm at the front. I should be able to stay with these guys, but today I finished a long way behind. It was a tough race and I was pushing as hard as I could, but I wasn’t getting much back. To finish that far behind is not really usual, but let’s stay cool; it’s the first race. I’m looking forward to going to Malaysia; I wish the race was tomorrow already.”

 
Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal
“It was a fantastic performance by Sebastian today. He’s been dominant all weekend and to turn up and win the first race with a faultless drive was fantastic.

“Unfortunately things didn’t work out for Mark at his home grand prix and we need to understand why. It was an unusual difference between them this weekend that we don’t normally see. I’m sure that will be back to normal for Malaysia.”

McLaren
Lewis Hamilton (2nd)

“Second position is a great result. The car felt fantastic, really nice to drive.”

“I came here feeling fitter than ever, so I’m looking forward to going to Malaysia, which is probably the toughest race of the year.”

Jenson Button (6th)
“I tried to overtake him [Massa] around the outside of Turn 11. I was in front before we turned in, but he went really deep into the corner and pushed me wide so that I couldn’t take my normal line.”

Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren team principal
“Early on, Lewis was more or less able to stay in touch with Sebastian, but once his car’s undertray had been damaged he was no longer able to keep the leading Red Bull in sight.”

“Jenson drove hard and well all afternoon too, but was thwarted by two separate pieces of bad luck: first of all he got bogged down at the first corner, losing a few places, and after that he received a drive-through penalty for his passing manoeuvre on Felipe, even though he felt he’d been forced off the road”
 

Renault

Vitaly Petrov

Petrov's excellent drive earned him his first podium

Vitaly Petrov (3rd)

““I’m delighted to be here on the podium, especially after the winter that we had as a team, which was very tough.”

“Our two-stop strategy was clearly the right decision and we made it work. I have to say a big thanks to everyone in the team for working so hard and for supporting my over the winter. This result is for all of us and I’m totally ecstatic.”

Nick Heidfeld (12th)
“Today was a tough race. I’m obviously disappointed not to finish in the points, but it just wasn’t possible, especially after I got hit on the first lap. It’s a shame because I had made such a good start from 18th to 12th by the first corner.”

 
Ferrari
Fernando Alonso (4th)

“Once again today, Vettel seemed to be on another planet, while the others were a bit closer, not to the extent they were on Friday, but at least not as far off as in qualifying yesterday.

Felipe Massa (7th)
“The duel with Button? It was very tight: when he passed me, cutting the chicane, I expected him to be penalised. I am a bit disappointed with the result and the overall performance this weekend. We have to get down to work to understand fully what happened, because I think we have not shown our true potential.”

Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari team principal
“There is no point in denying that we leave Australia with a sense of disappointment. Again today, our performance level was not a match for that of the best”

“Nevertheless, we managed to pick up some valuable points. Now we will have to study everything carefully to work out what prevented us from being as competitive as we had expected this weekend. Then we will have to react immediately, starting with the next race in Malaysia.”

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