" 'La Speranzosa' is living upto our hopes. We did what we expected to do. We raced a good race, particularly against Red Bull and Vettel, whom I consider our strongest rival. Our goal was to make it to the podium and we did that. That's definitely a positive start to the championship and will be good for the team psychologically: for the mechanics, the technicians and the drivers. It was important to start the season well as that hadn't happened in the last two years."
'La Speranzosa' is going to have a tough fight on her hands with 'Hungry Heidi' (Vettel's name for his car this season) still having the fastest pace over a single lap. Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel are confident that the tyre degradation they suffered at Albert park was just a one off and caused due to the colder temperatures in Melbourne. With the temperatures in in Malaysia set to be much higher, they are hopeful that they will be fighting for the win.
Fernando Alonso also believes that the Red Bull is still a force to be reckoned with, "They saw a little bit of tyre degradation, but that does not mean that they are not the fastest."
Triple world champion, Niki Lauda agreed in an interview with the German channel RTL, "Vettel doesn't need to worry too much. It was just too cold for them, while the next race is hot. Red Bull will be back at the front."