Australian GP winners' press conference

Q Damon, you've won twice in Australia in the last 4 months you must be delighted to get the 10 point lead? DH Absolutely, I feel fantastic and I've got to say that everyone in the team deserves this. It's a terrific result. I had a...

Q Damon, you've won twice in Australia in the last 4 months you must be delighted to get the 10 point lead?

DH Absolutely, I feel fantastic and I've got to say that everyone in the team deserves this. It's a terrific result. I had a great race with Jacques and I'm delighted obviously, to have come back to Australia, won and started the season the way I finished the last one.

Q It looks like it's going to be a pretty tough fight between you and Jacques this season.

DH Yeah, I don't think there's going to be anything given away and Jacques showed today that he's a racer. We had a good race and I think the crowds have got something from that and I'm sure they thought it was a good race too.

Q You had a few tricky moments about half way through the race?

DH Yeah, I had a few tricky moments 3 or 4 times in the race but everything went to plan and we stuck close together. It was a thriller I think.

Q Jacques, you must be a bit disappointed, having lead for most of the race, not to end up winning it?

JV Well, for sure it's disappointing to lead most of the race and then having to slow down but the whole race itself was fun. It was a great battle with Damon and, for sure, today was a good demonstration of the Williams Rothmans Renault. It's a very strong package.

Q Eddie, the last time we saw you was in Montreal. Did you expect to have such a successful start with Ferrari?

EI Not really. We have had so many problems with reliability and I have done very little running in the car and to come here and be on the 2nd row really surprised us. For us to finish the race, especially in the 1st race for Ferrari, it's a bit special. So I'm really pleased to be on the podium.

Q Damon, a look forward to Brazil?

DH Yeah, but for the moment I'm leading the World Championship and I've 3 weeks till the next race, so I'm going to savour every day of that. I'd just like to say thanks to Melbourne as well, for putting on such a great grand prix. It's a great weekend and Australia have done it again. I think it's a good kick-off to the season.

-- David Goodwin

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Series Formula 1
Teams Ferrari , Williams