Malaysian Race Quotes I
Sebastian Vettel (1st)
“The entire race was quite different to what we saw two weeks ago – it was a lot closer and there were more pit stops due to the tyres.
“I’m very pleased with today’s result. I love what I do and don’t think I could be happier at this stage. It’s been close here, so we need to keep cool and keep pushing, but the guys know this is the way forward, so I’m not worried. But for today we will enjoy it and be very proud.”
Mark Webber (4th)
“It was a tough race today. It wasn’t a good start out of the box and we had a failure with the KERS, so I was out of position on the first lap
“Anyway, I fought back with a good strategy and got some good points at least. It wasn’t our day today and I was disappointed not to get on the podium. It was close, but not close enough, But, it will come and now we go to Shanghai.”
Jenson Button (2nd)
“This has been an extremely encouraging weekend for us. It’s very satisfying to come away with a good lot of world championship points – everyone in the team has done an amazing job and we should feel very proud of ourselves. “
Lewis Hamilton (8th)
“Today was just one of those days. It’s never satisfying to start second and finish seventh, but that’s racing. We just have to take it on the chin and move on from it.
“During the race, my tyres kept dropping off. I was trying to look after my tyres, and being hit from behind by Fernando (Alonso). I think he got a bit too close, and, when he pulled out, he just clipped me with his wing and broke my car’s rear floor. ”
Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren team principal
“Jenson drove a truly excellent race today, pushing hard when it was appropriate to do so but also conserving his tyres when necessary, and the result was a very well deserved second place.
Lewis had a difficult afternoon, his frustrations beginning at the very first corner of the very first lap, when Nick unexpectedly nipped past him from way back in sixth place on the starting grid. After that, he tried his utmost to reclaim the place, nearly doing so on a number of occasions, but inevitably his tyre conservation was compromised in the process.”
Nick Heidfeld (3rd)
“I had a great start just like in Australia, and did not expect to make up so many positions. I moved up to P2, making up four places. After that I did my best to follow Sebastian (Vettel) but he was much quicker
“It’s another great result for Lotus Renault GP and it’s clear the team has taken a big step forward this year.”
Vitaly Petrov (DNF)
” I made a small mistake which shouldn’t have had the consequences it had. I went wide and the car took off on the curb, landing hard. Both cars should have been in the points today, but the good news is that we clearly have the pace needed to compete this season.”
Eric Boullier, Renault team principal
“I’m pleased of course for Nick but I’m also pleased for the whole team. It’s another great reward for us, especially after the tough start to the weekend. It’s good to be on the podium again, although it is disappointing to have lost one car with less than ten laps to go.
“Scoring two podiums in a row is definitely very satisfying.”
Felipe Massa (5th)
“We definitely have to improve the car, but it’s equally true that our race pace is very different to our performance in qualifying. That’s a positive, but we know that grid position is nevertheless very important, so we have to move forward on this front.”
Fernando Alonso (6th)
“I am happy with this race: not with the result but because we were finally competitive.
“We were not lucky: if the moveable rear wing had worked all the time, I could easily have passed Hamilton down the straight, but instead we had to fight hard. He defended very well and, unfortunately, we touched: that broke my wing and I had to come back into the pits to change it, thus losing any chance of getting to the podium. These things happen.”
Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari team principal
“We cannot be pleased with this result, because today, we had the possibility to finally leap up onto the podium. Two incidents, linked one to a reliability issue (a failure of the moveable rear wing on Fernando’s car) and one at a pit stop (a problem with the left front at Felipe’s first stop) cost us very dear. It’s a shame.”
Kamui Kobayashi (7th)
“I had a good car, the team did a great job, and I’m particularly happy we were able to score our first points here. The strategy with only two stops was a little bit risky, but I think it worked out quite well.
“I had some nice and fair battles with Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher, which I enjoyed.”
James Key, Sauber technical director
“The result was excellent for us. We are happy to get some points after what happened in Melbourne and, if you like, this is where it starts for us.”