Alonso, Massa kick off 2010 season with 1-2 finish

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F1: Ferrari scores first 2010 victory in Bahrain

Alonso, Massa kick off 2010 season with 1-2 finish
Mar 14, 2010

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Ferrari's Fernando Alonso topped the Bahrain Grand Prix in a dramatic fashion after Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who dominated the first half of the race, started to lose his lead due to a suspected broken exhaust on his RB6.

The young German managed a fourth place finish while Ferrari's Felipe Massa took second place ahead of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton--who snatched the third step of the podium from Vettel with just ten laps left in the race.

Check out some post-race quotes from notable drivers and observers.

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari
"A very special day for me as coming back to the top of the podium is always special but I think it is even more special with Ferrari with all the history behind the team and all the expectations a driver has when he drives for Ferrari. There is no better way to start the relationship." (SkySports.com)

Felipe Massa, Ferrari
"I am very happy. It was also my best start of the season, finishing on the podium, second, in the first race. That is something I never did so it is just a fantastic start."(PitPass.com)

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren
"I feel that we did a good job: our reliability was great and the pace today was pretty good, but we still need to push very hard to close the gap to the cars in front. It's going to be difficult for us to close the performance gap immediately, but I think I'll go back to the factory and give them the biggest push. I know they're all pushing flat-out as it is, but we need to get some upgrades, and we need to bring as many of them forward as we possibly can." (Crash.net)

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing
"It's a pity today. It was positive all weekend, except for the exhaust failure. It seems something mechanical broke, luckily we could continue and finished fourth, but we should have won today. It cost us a lot, but we've got 12 important points." (F1Technical.net)

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes GP
"I can live very well with sixth position and it gives both me and the team a good base to make progress. I have every confidence that we will improve the car. Working with the team for our first race together was very positive and the guys did a great job so I would like to thank them for their support in my comeback race. We all know that we have some way to go but we will get there. The season is long." (PlanetF1.com)

Andrew Benson, F1 analyst
"It is worth pondering these two facts. The winner of the first race of the season has gone on to win the championship every year since 2006. And the victor in Bahrain has become the world champion four times in the last six years. A long, hard, fascinating battle lies ahead over the remaining 18 races of the season, but Alonso and Ferrari will certainly take some beating." (BBC)

Stirling Moss, former F1 driver and F1 analyst
"In Formula One you've got all these drivers of which there are only a few real racers, all the rest are bloody good drivers, but there are very few who really get out there and race. That's what is needed to be world champion and that is what goes through my mind when I assess the field. So Alonso is the better of the Ferrari pair, and for that reason he will probably win the championship." (ESPNF1.com)

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2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
Ranking Driver Team Points
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 25
2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 18
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 15
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 12
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 10
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 8
7 Jenson Button McLaren 6
8 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 4
9 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India 2
10 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1
11 Robert Kubica Renault  
12 Adrian Sutil Force India  
13 Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso  
14 Nico Hulkenberg Williams  
15 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus  
16 Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso  
17 Jarno Trulli Lotus  
Ret Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber  
Ret Bruno Senna Hispania Racing  
Ret Timo Glock Virgin Racing  
Ret Vitaly Petrov Renault  
Ret Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber  
Ret Lucas di Grassi Virgin Racing  
Ret Karun Chandrok Hispania Racing  

 

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