Fernando Alonso says that the podium is dedicated to former boss Stefano Domenicali, who resigned after Bahrain Grand Prix.
And he added that his first podium of the season was the result of car improvements and his own performance. So also he states that, because probably Ferrari F14 T’s all the parts from now until July or August are coming from the team working under Stefano
“We brought some new parts that feel a little more competitive,” Alonso told BBC.
Domenicali’s resignation came after Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo, who was in Bahrain, made clear his frustration at Ferrari’s performance there. His alternative, former head of Ferrari’s North American road-car division Marco Mattiacci, was attending his first grand prix in his new role in Shanghai.
“Stefano felt probably not happy with his job or his life at this moment so he decided to step back.
“Obviously this podium is dedicated to him in a way because probably all the parts from now until July or August are coming from the team working under Stefano, so hopefully we can give some great Sundays at home in front of the TV to Stefano.”
“We were a minute behind the leaders in Bahrain, ninth and 10th and today we were seven seconds behind Rosberg which is good,” Alonso said.
“But Kimi had a troubled weekend and he is again one minute behind Mercedes. We need to keep working and have the two Ferrari’s on the podium and hopefully at the next one we’ll be a little bit closer to that target.”
“It’s a nice result and hopefully a happy Sunday and good extra motivation for the guys, we had some disappointing results and now we can enjoy it a little bit in a better way but knowing there is still a long way to go. Mercedes looked very dominant again. It is not enough. Alonso said.
“Barcelona will be a Red Bull track, with not many straights so they can exploit the potential they have with aerodynamics so it’s going to be a tough weekend.”We need to close [on Mercedes]. We need to catch them as soon as possible before the championship is over. So we need to keep scoring points, as many as we can now that we are not super-competitive, try not to lose too much ground on points in the championship, and if in one race we become as competitive as them, try to catch up in terms of points.”At the moment, it seems very far away because they have a big advantage and we need to work really hard if we want to have that possibility.”