F1 News: 2014 Chinese GP Race – Ferrari

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Shanghai, 20th April 2014

Fernando Alonso: “After a difficult start to the season, this podium is a confidence boost for the whole team,
providing extra motivation for all those who are doing their best to close the gap to the front. And I think this
podium should be dedicated to Stefano, as everything we do up to July will also be the result of his efforts. We

have definitely made a step forward, because compared to two weeks ago, we have partly closed the gap to the
leaders, but we are well aware there’s still a long way to go and we have to keep our feet on the ground. In
general, this has been a good weekend for me, as everything went well right from Friday, although the rain made
qualifying more complicated than expected. I was on the limit all race long and I really don’t think I could have
done any more. This is quite a unique track of its kind and now we must make the most of the long break before
the next race to prepare as well as possible for whatever situation arises.”

Kimi Raikkonen: “This has been a really difficult weekend. Right from Friday morning, I suffered with problems
that we didn’t manage to solve completely and today in the race, I couldn’t get the result I wanted. The start
was good, I made up two places but then I couldn’t make up any more ground, as I just didn’t have the pace,
nor much grip at the front or the back. In the final stint on new tyres, the car handled better, but then, as the
tyres degraded the situation got complicated again. I think the difficulties I encountered here stem from a
combination of various factors, from my driving style combined with the low temperatures and the
characteristics of the track. Today, we brought home valuable points thanks to the intense efforts of the whole
team and now we will continue to work ceaselessly to improve. Fernando’s result is very encouraging and proves
we are moving in the right direction.”

Pat Fry: “Today’s result is a reward for the effort that all the team is putting into every area. Both drivers got
away well, managing to make up two places immediately and, luckily the collision between Fernando and Felipe
Massa’s Williams left the F14 T undamaged. In the first stint, with Kimi we lost a bit of time behind Grosjean
and that prevented him from making up ground on his rivals, in a race where tyre degradation and graining
played an important role. The choice made at Fernando’s first stop saw him take second place: from then on,
we concentrated on managing the gap to the Red Bull and tried to keep Rosberg behind us for as long as
possible. This weekend we made some progress and in general, the speed of the car has increased, both in the
corners and on the straights, but we have to be realistic about our current potential and continue working,
because the gap to Mercedes is still big and no one within our team has any intention of giving up.”

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