Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro’s 2010 championship got off to the best possible start as it secured maximum points when, after 49 laps, Fernando Alonso marked his race debut with the team by zigzagging his F10 in salute to the pit wall, as he crossed the line to take the checkered flag, the worthy winner of the 2010 season opening Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
Equally happy was Felipe Massa, in a fine second place on his return to racing. It had not been as easy as it looked, because the Spaniard’s car had required a rapid engine change in the morning, and Felipe had to nurse his car through much of the race with temperature problems.
Ferrari President, Luca di Montezemolo, to whom Alonso dedicated the victory, was extremely pleased at the end of the day....
“I am happy but above all really proud of my men who have done an extraordinary job. This victory has been pursued and wanted after months of hard work. I am extremely happy for them and for our fans,” he said. “Ferrari is always Ferrari. I am delighted for our drivers too. Alonso starts with a victory and Massa still so fast in a tough race after last year’s terrible accident. A first and second place which encourage us to look forward and keep up the hard work.”
He was not the only happy Ferrari member in Bahrain and in a very happy mood at the end of the weekend, the team got down to packing up all the equipment and the cars which will now be shipped down to Melbourne, for the next round in two weeks time.
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