Australian Race Quotes II

Sauber

Perez's stunning debut ended in disappointment
Perez’s stunning debut ended in disappointment

Sergio Perez (DSQ)*

“I will never forget this race, that is certain. I am very proud of my team, the strategy worked and it was a nice surprise the tyres lasted so long. I want to thank everybody, especially in Mexico, who helped me to get into Formula One.”

Kamui Kobayashi (DSQ)*
“I’m very happy we have managed to score points with both cars. It is a good start and makes me feel happy looking forward to the season.”

Peter Sauber, Sauber team principal
“I would call this a dream start to the season, as we could not have expected this. It is also a well deserved reward for both drivers. Kamui’s eighth place was a superb job. I have no explanation for what Sergio did, and how he managed to do 35 laps with a set of used soft tyres setting consistent lap times.”

Toro Rosso
Sebastien Buemi (8th)*

“Towards the end, I was not able to hold off Massa, who was much quicker than me at that point, but I am still pleased with the result.”

“Overall, I would say we are definitely more competitive than last year and now we must continue to move forward, bringing further improvements to the car.”

 Force India
Paul di Resta (10th)

“Adrian and I were on different strategies and we had to fuel conserve toward the end that’s why the gap opened up. I am going into Malaysia to try to do a better job than I did here today, but overall I am relatively happy.”

Lotus
Jarno Trulli (13th)

“It was really good to finish the race and to show that there is some pace in the car. I think once we have got through these early teething troubles we will show that we have taken the step forward we want to this year.”

Mike Gascoyne, Lotus chief technical officer
“After a pretty tough weekend I am very pleased with both Jarno and Heikki’s race performances. At Malaysia the target is to make sure we achieve that level throughout the whole weekend.”

Virgin
Jerome D’Ambrosio (14th)

“I’m really happy to have finished my first Formula One Grand Prix. I started really well and I felt comfortable in the car, even though I think that I could have gone a bit faster at the end of the race..”

Nikolay Fomenko, Virgin engineering director
“I would like to congratulate Vitaly Petrov for a great drive today which saw him become the first Russian driver to stand on the Formula One podium. It’s a great day for Russia, Formula One fans and a good step on the road to the new Russian Grand Prix in Sochi in 2014.”

Williams
Rubens Barrichello (DNF)

“It was a tough race for us. I was pushed out a little bit at the start, but then I had a good rhythm going and was doing quite a lot of overtaking until the incident with Rosberg. I wasn’t planning on overtaking him at that point, I was defending from Kobayashi.”

Mercedes GP
Nico Rosberg (DNF)

“That was a disappointing first weekend of the season. It was a tough race until my retirement with the cars behind me pushing hard. I saw Rubens in my mirror and he was quite far away so I was surprised that he hit me.”

“Melbourne is a very unique track and we will only know where we really are after the next couple of races.”

Michael Schumacher (DNF)
“The start of the season certainly has not worked out as we had hoped, and we will tick this race off now and concentrate on the next one in Malaysia

“I still believe we have potential, as we saw during winter testing, and I am convinced we will fight back.”

Ross Brawn, Mercedes GP team principal
“This has obviously been a very frustrating weekend for our team.. It’s a disappointing end to a disappointing first weekend of the season. We will demonstrate our strength as a team, put this race behind us, regroup and go forward from here.”

Norbert Haug, vice-president, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
“This was the toughest weekend of our 20 races as Mercedes GP. Sorry for all the hard-working people in our team for not having a better start to the 2011 season but we will improve soon.”

*Quotes from the Sauber team taken before their disqualification

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