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Post-race press conference – Australian GP - Pt.3

The FIA post-race press conference from Melbourne, Australia with Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel
Participants: Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus), Fernando Alondo (Ferrari) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

Questions from the Floor

Q: (Leonid Novozhilov - F1Life)
Kimi, do you give a chance to your opponents in Malaysia?

Kimi Raikkonen:
It's a difference place, it's going to be much hotter there so it's very difficult to say how the cars will feel, who will be fastest after having just one race. I think we have to do two or three races before we really know who is where and what's going to happen. It's probably going to rain again in Malaysia at some point but it will be a different circuit, different conditions. Our car worked well here at least and usually – at least last year – in hot conditions it's been good for us so hopefully it will turn out to be a good weekend next week.

Q: (Heikki Kulta – Turun Sanomat)
Kimi, I know how much you love winning. When it comes easily like this, in the first race, does it mean even more to you?

Kimi Raikkonen:
A win's a win, it doesn't really matter how you get it. Of course I'm happy that we didn't really have to go full speed all the time so it's kind of a good sign, a good race for us, but as I said, it might be a completely different story in the next race, so there's nothing to jump up and be so extra happy about, because it's a long season and in the end we want to be on the top for all the races and it's going to be a hard season for that. As I said, everything worked well, we had no issues with the car all weekend, the car's been good, the team has been working well. After the winter test, when I probably did the least laps of everybody in the winter, we didn't have a very special winter. As I said before, we didn't have a very special winter the previous year and not this winter, but the car has always been good in the race so so far so good and hopefully it goes like this.

Q: (Manuel Franco – Diairo AS)
Fernando, what's been the biggest surprise for you today, Red Bull, Ferrari or Lotus?

Fernando Alonso:
I think none of them, to be honest. At Ferrari, we had a good winter and the car is more or less as we expected. Arriving here and fighting for the podium was the aim of the team and the goal of this winter, to reduce the gap and to arrive at the start of the season with a competitive package. I think the goal was achieved. In the winter the car felt good and the understanding of the car was good so being on the podium here is some kind of job done, let's say. Lotus, we saw in winter they were very quick and we saw this weekend they were very quick and very consistent, so they had a fantastic weekend, they deserved victory, and then Red Bull is the quickest car at the moment, first and second in qualifying, first and second in practice, nearly, and then in the race they saw a little bit of degradation but that doesn't mean that they are not the fastest.

Q: (Christopher Joseph - The Vancouver Sun)
Fernando, what did you learn about the car today in the race that you didn't know after testing?

Fernando Alonso:
You always learn some things for sure but I will talk with the engineers now in the debrief about the competition. When you run close to other cars in the first race, you always discover some weak points of the car and some strong points and today was a lot of fights, a lot of traffic, a lot of action, let's say, in the race and it was pretty clear for us some of the strong points of the car and some of the weak points that obviously we will keep between us.

Q: (Don Kennedy – Hawkes Bay Today)
Kimi, that seemed to be a very popular win judging by the crowd reaction out there. Can we perhaps expect a re-release of the 'I know what I'm doing' t-shirts? They're pretty popular, I gather. They only had a hundred released and they sold out. Can we have a few more?

Kimi Raikkonen:
No. That was last year and nothing to do with this year or this win. It was just people asked for them and we made them but now it's not going to happen, not from me at least, maybe somebody else. There's nothing planned. It's happened before many times, as I said, but this time it came on TV so I'm sure some odd things will come through even this year. Maybe it gets on TV, maybe not.

Q: (Trent Price - Richland F1)
Sebastian, on the first lap you were able to establish quite a margin at the start; do you think that strategies like Adrian's will actually affect your own strategies mid-race or do you really have to concentrate on your own, what you've already planned out before the race?

Sebastian Vettel:
Well, you mentioned two things. On the first stint I was very happy initially to get a good start, defend the lead, then I think I was able to pull away but after two laps, I felt that I could be in trouble. The tyres started to go away from me and as we could see, Ferrari, Felipe and Fernando were catching up and then in the stint after that, we were running into the back of Adrian, but as I said before, surely it didn't help, especially losing the position to Fernando, but then I think you should look at the whole race. They left a strong impression but I think it should have been very difficult to keep him behind all the race. For sure, in that moment, it was that one particular lap where he decided to pit a lap earlier and jumped the group. So you can argue that for sure, at that time, the traffic didn't help, especially because as I mentioned earlier, in traffic, you start to slide around even more and then lose more of the tyres, so we struggled with that today but again, I'm not blaming anything or anyone because there's plenty of laps in the race where you can make it up again. P3 I think was the best we could get today.

Q: (Livio Oricchio – O Estado de Sao Paulo)



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