, Red Bull team principal - “Starting from the front row, third and sixth obviously wasn’t the result we were targeting, but all things considered with the way that the race panned out, I think it was the optimum we could achieve. Lotus seemed very light on its tyres, with Kimi being able to make a two-stop race really work for him. I think in the cooler conditions today we weren’t in the optimum window with these tyres, but nonetheless it was a very positive start to the Championship with a podium finish and a sixth place. Mark made a good recovery after a difficult start and an ECU related KERS issue in the first part of the race. We managed to reset the system and his recovery was strong from then on.
We leave this race knowing we’ve got a good car and we’re looking forward to warmer temperatures in Malaysia next week.”Sebastian Vettel
(3rd) - “I think you’re always a little disappointed when you start first and don’t finish first, but overall it was a good weekend for us. We had a good day today with a pole and a podium – but in the race we were a little too aggressive with the tyres and lost the front and the rears, while others did a little better. There are always areas where you can improve, but the result we got today is fair. We didn’t see Kimi on the track, he was too quick and Fernando jumped us at a vulnerable time – but we can be happy with third.”
"I'm not worried, we have to admit sometimes that other people are faster. We were the third fastest car in the race today." "After a good start and first two-three laps the tyres were falling apart,"
Asked if he was frustrated at being stuck behind Sutil "It did not help at that stage, but it's pretty simple - if we had the pace we should have passed him. I don't think considering all the laps in the race it made a massive difference. In the end you have enough laps to even things out."
* About Vettel's stoppage in FP3 yesterday, according to Andrew Benson: Turns out Vettel did not have a hydraulics problem after all. It was a sensor giving a false reading
Edited by plumtree, 17 March 2013 - 10:05.