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Australian GP – Post race press conference report

Podium placers: Raikkonen (1st), Alonso (2nd) and Vettel (3rd), answer the media in the post race press conference.
Sunday, March 17, 2013

March 17th, 2013 (F1Plus / Gabriel Polychronis) - It was definitely an interesting start to the season, however, ‘unexpected’ would certainly be the better word to describe Sunday’s race at Albert Park.

Finnish driver, Kimi Raikkonen prevailed to claim first place, yet the Iceman feels his win was as standard as wins get.

“A win is a win, it doesn’t really matter which way you get it.”

Nonetheless, he still agreed that the race was extremely positive for himself and the team, although he showed concern towards the unpredictability of the sport.

“Of course I am happy to go full speed all the time, so it’s a good sign and a good race for us, but it might be a completely different story in the next race.”

Second for the race was Scuderia Ferrari driver, Fernando Alonso. Most teams in the race applied a three-stop strategy, including Ferrari. However, the possibility of a two-stop strategy for the team did arise. Alonso admitted that commitments towards pit stop strategies need to be cemented before the race starts.

“I think it’s difficult to know if we could do two stops today. You need to commit more-or-less to one strategy before the start of the race.”

It was still obvious however, that the Maranello based team had a strong result for the whole race weekend.
Alonso confirmed:

“We [Ferrari] had a good winter, and the car is more-or-less what we expect from it. Arriving here and fighting for the podium was the aim of the team and the goal of this winter was to start the season with a competitive package and I think that goal was achieved.”

Sebastian Vettel dropped two places from his pole position, as he finished third for the race, however he still remains satisfied with the race weekend.

“Surely when you start on pole you want to win, but I think we [Red Bull Racing] can be happy with the pace all weekend. The car left a very good impression, the whole team seemed to operate very calmly and considering it was the first race of the season, weseemed to just continue where we stopped last year.”

Nonetheless, the triple world champion still feels there is work to do.

“It was a good day [race day] for us, but obviously there is a bit of homework to do regarding tyres.”

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