Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen told Mark Webber after this morning’s Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne’s Albert Park that he would take third place and that he was happy with how his car performed.
The Icemen started the race from the front row in second place and nearly took the lead going into Turn 1 on the opening lap but was unable to get by Lewis Hamilton.
Following an early pit-stop, being one of the first to make his stop Raikkonen fought back to end the opening race in third place and speaking following the 58 lap event the Finn commented by saying:
A win with two cars on the podium is a very good start of the season for the team. Maybe I have been a bit unlucky today, but at least the luck came to our team. Third place it’s not exactly the result we wanted, but it’s only the first race and the big picture is not too bad. So I happily take the third place. Overall I was pretty happy with my car today, the speed was there all day. It’s nice to have a good feeling. For sure there are things to improve, but if the feeling stays like this we’ll have all the tools to fight. And this is the most important thing. This is a quite special track in many ways, so let’s see what happens in the next race. Bahrain it’s not very straightforward either; from year to year we have seen that the hot conditions don’t give a 100 percent true picture. We need to be patient and do our best wherever we go.
Sebastien Vettel was delighted with how his race went having fended off a challenge from Mercedes Lewis Hamilton to claim the first win of the season and his second Australian Grand Prix victory in a row and speaking following his win the German commented by saying:
Today has been our day. The Safety Car helped of course, but apart from that, I think we did everything we could do as a team. So when something happened, we were ready to react. We did our job before the race, evaluating different scenarios, and then in the race we had the pace as well. Lewis was under pressure, he was fast, but not as much as he needed. As for me, I need a little bit more of confidence with the car, which is not where we want it to be yet. There is a lot of work to do, but it is great to have both cars on the podium today. Yesterday in qualifying the car came alive, but it was still a little bit tricky, so we have some homework to do. I still need to drive around the issues more than I want to. I know exactly what I want, and we need to work on it. I believe the car has the potential we need.
Following their result, Ferrari are currently leading the Constructors championship and are currently on 40 points while Mercedes are second on 22 points. Speaking following the race, Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene commented by saying:
A nice win and a great job from the team, both back in Maranello and here at the track, which led to a fine Sunday for all of us, our drivers and our fans. We have picked up a significant number of points in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships. There is still a long way to go this season, but today we can be happy, knowing that each and everyone of us has done their very best, according to his role, to achieve this result. Now we will start to prepare for the next race, aware there is plenty to do; work which we will tackle with humility and determination.