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Who said what after the Malaysian GP

ESPN Staff
March 16, 2014
Lewis Hamilton's win was routine from the first lap © Getty Images
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Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel (3rd) "We have certainly made a good step forwards, but we still have a lot of work to do. It's great to get a podium finish today. Considering where we were, not even two months ago, I think this weekend is a massive step in the right direction. It's a shame we didn't finish with both cars, but it's good to see the car is quick and we need the laps; for now it's important to collect points. The guys are pushing back in the factory and at Renault - it's been a massive job from them - and we'll try to be up there very soon again. It was a shame to lose a place at the start, but third was our maximum position today, so I'm very happy with that. It's a shame for Daniel with what happened, he drove really well."

Daniel Ricciardo (DNF): "It was looking like we could have a solid points finish today; the race was going pretty well. The start was really good and I made up a couple of positions and I was starting to, let's say, mix it up at the front, which is nice. It's fun being up there and fighting for the top few spots, but then we had a problem at the last pit stop and then we had a puncture. I think we had a front wing failure and a few other things went on and then the stop-go penalty, so the race ended pretty quickly for us, it went from looking good to looking pretty bad in a short amount of time. I'm really disappointed, but at the same time there's a little bit in me which is happy because I think I've come out the first two races how I wanted to, in a way. I still want to improve, but we've started off on the right foot, so for that I'm pleased and with a little bit of luck we'll turn things around soon and I'll get some points. I love racing up the front, it's been a privilege so far and a lot of fun in the last couple of races. It's a bit addictive actually, I want more, so you'll see me up there plenty of times this year."

Christian Horner, team principal "Considering where we were a month ago, to be on the podium with Sebastian in Malaysia in a dry race, is an incredible performance. We knew that we had some ground to catch up to the Mercedes, so to finish as close as Sebastian did today was a really positive performance and, while we know we've got a lot of work to do, we can begin to realise the scale of our challenge. It's a great shame for Daniel who did everything right today - a great start and a great first lap and a really impressive opening part of the race. It was unlucky that when he came in to a pit stop; the front left didn't go on properly and the car was released, it was judged to be an unsafe release and we had a drive through penalty. Thereafter the wing failed - we don't know what caused that yet. I think Daniel's clearly shown his potential and that the Australian GP wasn't a one off; it's great to have two guys pushing like they are."

Lewis Hamilton (1st): "I'm incredibly happy today. This is my first win in Malaysia after eight attempts and to do it for our Petronas family in their home country makes it even more special. Anything can happen as we saw in Australia, so this is an important result for us. One-two finishes don't happen very often and this is a real achievement for the team. Finally, I would like to offer this victory in tribute to all those affected by the tragedy of MH370."

Nico Rosberg (2nd): "This is an incredible day for our team and for Mercedes-Benz. Everyone back at our factories in Brackley and Brixworth, and all employees of Mercedes-Benz, can feel very proud today. For the first time in the modern Silver Arrows era, we have achieved a one-two finish which is an incredible result. The team did a phenomenal job. I had a great start again, even though it was tight with Sebastian. It was very close at the wall and I just closed the eyes, went for the gap and did it. Later I was able to control the pace and to defend my position against Seb but Lewis was out of my reach, so congratulations to him for his win."

Toto Wolff: "It doesn't get any better than a one-two finish. It was a controlled race from the first lap and Lewis and Nico did a fantastic job in very demanding conditions. But we cannot afford to be complacent: we still have room for improvement with our overall package and the race showed us once again that the competition are right there behind us. We will savour the moment this evening but we all know that if you stand still in this business, you go backwards. We will be pushing hard to improve further for Bahrain."

Paddy Lowe: "Formula One is a very complex sport and, as we have seen ourselves in recent weeks, the littlest things can destroy a race. But we delivered a faultless day for both cars and both drivers; we are simply over the moon to have scored the first one-two finish for Mercedes-Benz since 1955."

Ferrari

Fernando Alonso (4th): "The points scored today are the result of a trouble free weekend, in which the small improvements on the car worked as we had expected and it ran very reliably. We definitely have a lot more work to do, because while we are moving forward, the others are doing the same. Everyone in our team is doing their utmost to close down the gap. It's no secret that we definitely need to improve our top speed, as could be seen from my duel with Hulkenberg. I was able to get him thanks to fresher tyres, but we definitely need to up our performance right from the very next race."

Kimi Raikkonen (12th): "I am very disappointed with how this race turned out, because I got a good start, but then the collision with Magnussen damaged my right rear tyre, which meant I had to make an extra stop. That wiped out any chance I had of fighting for a good finish. After the accident, the car's handling was not the same, as the tyre had caused damage to the floor, which led to a loss of downforce."

Pat Fry: "A race of mixed fortunes today, because while Fernando managed yet again to give his all, Kimi's race was compromised right from the start. Despite the different outcomes, both of them drove at a good pace, reasonably similar to that of the cars grouped behind the Mercedes. The F14 T continues to make progress and has proved to have good reliability, but we know this is not enough. We know we are working in the right direction, but if we want to reduce the gap to the leaders, we need to make a major step forward."

Lotus

Romain Grosjean (11th): "Eleventh place is good for all the guys at Enstone and at the track, and it's good for me too. Finishing the race was our first objective and then we wanted to see where we were with our car. It's not perfect yet but it's good to be where we are at this stage. I had a big loss of downforce around eight laps to the end especially in the rear of the car which made things difficult, especially when I had to defend. Without that issue, I'm sure we could have finished higher. It was a good battle at the end. I kept remembering our past battles to make sure Kimi couldn't go through!"

Pastor Maldonado (DNF): "After the start we were losing a lot of power so we'll have to investigate later to see what the issue is and analyse the data. This problem meant I had to retire in order to protect the engine. Despite that, this weekend has been clearly a step forwards. Since Saturday, we've been able to run far more with the car and Romain was able to finish the race. Today obviously was not so good for me, but we're not the only ones with issues so early in the season."

Pastor Maldonado had a frustrating afternoon © PA Images
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Federico Gastaldi, deputy team principal: "Today Romain drove a great race to be in with a shout of points and finish the team's first race of 2014. That he was able to defend his position for the last eight laps despite his rear diffuser not working properly shows his determination. This determination is shared by the entire team as we now look to extract more performance from the E22. Pastor was very unfortunate with an issue which could have damaged his engine. We needed to retire him so that we can ensure better performance later in the year."

McLaren

Kevin Magnussen (9th)

Jenson Button (6th)

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Force India

Nico Hulkenberg (5th):"Today was a super team effort and I'm very happy with fifth place. We were the only team among the frontrunners to do a two-stop race and we had good pace all afternoon. It shows that the team's hard work over the winter is paying off and it feels great to be so competitive and fighting up at the front. We showed that we could manage the tyres well, although I felt a bit more comfortable on the medium compound tyres than on the hards, but we always had the tyre management under control."

Sergio Perez (DNF): "I'm disappointed not to have a chance to race today. We are still investigating the cause of the problem but the car kept going into neutral when I was downshifting on the way to the grid. I made it back to the garage but we could not find a solution."

Vijay Mallya, team principal: "Nico's fifth place today is a fantastic result for the team. He didn't put a wheel out of place and managed the race perfectly to complete a two-stop strategy. In the end we didn't have the performance left in the hard tyres to hold off Alonso, but it's encouraging to see us finish 36 seconds ahead of the sixth place McLaren"

Sauber

Esteban Gutiérrez (DNF): "After quite a long stint, I made a pitstop and couldn't engage first gear. I tried it many times, but it didn't work, so there was not much I could do. In the end we made a step forward this weekend. Obviously it was not a good race, but we have to keep positive."

Adrian Sutil (DNF): "In my last lap I lost power and then suddenly the car switched off. I don't know what happened, so we need to analyse it. It is a shame. Many things don't work well at the moment, so we need to learn from that. In general, our pace was too slow and the grip level was poor. This was unusual for us and we didn't expect that. We don't have much time until Bahrain, so we don't expect to have many updates there."

Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal: "We saw during the practice sessions that our measures to improve the performance of the car worked well. It proves that we are going in the right direction. It is certain such a race result is very disappointing. However, it will not put us off course from our plan to implement the next steps."

Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne (DNF): "I think I had a great start today but very soon I felt some problems with the car. I lost power in the car and I just saw everybody overtaking me. Then I found myself in a sandwich between a Caterham and Bianchi and maybe I was a bit too ambitious to think I could try and pass the two cars. It was just not possible and this resulted in the collision, which damaged my front wing. At this point I knew that my race was compromised."

Daniil Kvyat (10th): "It's good to finish in the top ten for a second time in a row now. This afternoon's race was very difficult and intense with a lot of fighting. The first two stints were hard when I was fighting the Williams and McLaren in the early stages, but they were faster than me on the straight. I was quite happy with the final stint and having managed to defend my position. Overall it was a good weekend and I hope we continue to improve like this as the car definitely has potential."

Franz Tost, Toro Rosso team principal: "Daniil did another good race, scoring a point again here after Melbourne. He could stand the pressure from the others until the end of the race and defend his position, without making any mistake. As for Jev, after yesterday's very good performance in qualifying, he unfortunately faced some problems today from the very beginning of his race."

Williams

Valtteri Bottas (8th): "I think we need to be happy about today as moving from P18 to P8 is a good result and we have more points in the bag. The car was not as competitive this weekend as it was in Melbourne, but the team has done a very good in producing a car that is looking like it can consistently fight in the top ten. Qualifying has shown that there are parts of the car we need to address, but the start to the season has been encouraging for us so far."

Felipe Massa (7th): "Getting both cars in the points today is a positive result for the team. I had a very good start and made up some good places on the first lap, but my progress was halted a bit by the McLaren of Magnussen in the first stint which had good traction out of the last corner which made it difficult for me to overtake. I also had the same issue later on in the race with Jenson as I was able to get up close to the back of him in the closing stages when on better tyres, but just couldn't get passed."

Rod Nelson, chief test and support engineer: "A double points finish is what we were aiming for this weekend and I'm delighted for the team and everyone back at the factory who have worked so hard on the FW36. The high temperatures make this a very tough race and we were focusing on controlling our tyre degradation and all of the component temperatures in the car. We did this well and both of the drivers did a very strong job of managing the car and driving consistently."

Marussia

Max Chilton (15th)

Jules Bianchi (DNF)

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Caterham

Kamui Kobayashi (13th): "13th place in Malaysia puts us back in tenth in the championship and gives everyone the sort of boost we needed. There's still a huge amount of work to do and a lot of today was new for me - that was the first time I've driven the car on full tanks on these tyres and we obviously have to keep putting more performance on the car so we can really fight one or two of the teams ahead. That looks like it's a realistic target at this stage."

Marcus Ericsson (14th): "My start couldn't have been much better - I passed both Marussias and was right up with Kamui by the end of lap one in 17th having made up five places. I stayed ahead of Chilton after the third stop for the primes and from there I just wanted to get the car home. It was all ok until the last couple of laps when I started losing power, and I finished just ahead of the Marussia at the line as he'd been almost able to catch me with the ERS issue, but that 14th place, by 0.1s, is what puts us into tenth so I'm really glad I could hang on."

Cedrik Staudohar, Renault Sport F1 Track Support Leader: "A busy but fun race for us, with a solid double finish which we really needed after two difficult weekends. Kamui did a great job to finish a strong 13th, as did Marcus who finished his first full race in 14th."

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