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Alonso: Ferrari feels optimistic with second place



Fernando Alonso says that he is pleased with second-place finish for Australian Grand Prix; also he added that they are optimistic with opening Grand Prix results. He start from the fifth on the grid and successively finished second on the podium.

The Spaniard added that he felt doing a two-stop strategy might have been possible but that it wasn’t a call Ferrari could have made during the race. Also Ferrari duo Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa made a fantastic start. Currently Ferrari top on the constructors’ standing with 30 points.

“It was a fantastic race for us, fighting for the win,” said Alonso.

“I’m a little bit sad not to win the race but Kimi was fantastic today and the Lotus team as well. We need to congratulate them for a fantastic race.

“It was not an easy race and there was some tricky traffic, but we’re extremely happy after a very difficult start last year. Now the situation is very different; we’re feeling optimistic, the car is handling well and we have an extremely interesting season ahead of us.”

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

“Obviously we were attacking; we tried to pass Sebastian in the first part of the race – Felipe and me – we could not do it in the first stint. In the second stint we also were behind Sutil at that stage of the race so all these ingredients maybe you can go a bit longer in the stints but we had to stop, try to overtake these people that we felt were slower than us in the race and if you commit to that there’s no other way to find the two stops.”

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