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Australian GP: Post Race press conference

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16/03/2014

Podium Interview - Conducted by Alan Jones

Well Nico, well done. I couldn't think of a better start to the season. What a great start to the 2014 championship. A great start to the new era of Formula One.
Nico Rosberg: Yes, I mean, already it's been an amazing time here in Melbourne. Thanks to all of you, you've made it all the more special, all your support has been fantastic this weekend. Even though Daniel got a little bit more support than us. Anyway that's normal. It's been an amazing day. I'm just over the moon really. It's incredible, everybody has worked so hard over the winter and now to have such an amazing Silver Arrow to drive is just unreal. This thing was unbelievably quick today and the reliability was good also, so it was just the perfect start to the season. I'm really thankful to Mercedes, they have done an amazing job over the winter.

Well, all your hard work has paid off well and truly.
NR: Yeah, for now yes. Today, definitely.

Daniel, g'day. You were thinking you may not even finish, let alone be on the podium.
Daniel Ricciardo: Yeah. Two or three weeks ago I would have bet pretty everything I have that we would not be standing up here. Full credit to the team for an unbelievable turnaround. I don't understand how they did it but they did, so thank you guys. And, of course, the Aussie fans. Wow, completely overwhelming. No words. I'm trippin' balls right now.

There's a bloke up in Noosa that'll be very happy too.
DR: Yeah I thought I'd do a stack just to commemorate Mark as well. It's an Aussie thing, but yeah, really pleased to be up here. First Aussie on the Aussie podium, so that's really nice to have. Thanks everyone.

Well you've done us all proud. Good on you, mate. Kevin, well done. First Dane on a Formula One podium.
Kevin Magnussen: It's hard to believe really. It just seems so unreal. What can I say. The car was so much better than it's been at any point. We just keep improving the car. I had just exactly what I need the whole race. The preparation we've done this winter has been fantastic. I've never done a Formula One and testing is so limited, so big congratulations to the team for doing such a good job.

Well, your father is racing on the other side of the world this weekend as well, so he's got something to live up to.
KM: I think they did the race already, so I'll need to see how it went. I wish he could have been here. It's a great day.

So you're looking forward to the next one obviously?
KM: Yes I am - great things ahead.

Nico, what are you going to do now between here and the next one?
NR: We'll definitely evaluate everything that we've learned now from this weekend because for sure there's some way to go. We still can improve a lot. We must, because our competitors aren't going to be asleep. Definitely they are going to try to catch up quickly, So just try to learn as much as we can, improve the car, go on holiday a little bit next week and then get ready for Malaysia.

Press Conference

Nico, what a start, what a race, what a win.
NR: Yeah, the start was just… off like a bullet - or off like a Silver Arrow - thanks to Evan he did a great job on my start - my engineer who's responsible for that. And then after that the car was just really, really quick today and the whole team did such a good job on it. Engine: really good engine, not much of a problem with fuel consumption, didn't have to worry much about that, pretty much as usual. It just all worked perfectly. Reliability was great. So, fantastic. I'm just so happy for everybody. They work so damn hard, I don't think people can really imagine how hard everybody works in my team and I'm sure in other teams too - so that's just the best reward possible. To dominate in such a way the first week, the first race out.

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