To say that Fernando Alonso was ecstatic at becoming just the fifth Ferrari driver to win on his first race for the Scuderia – following in the footsteps of Juan Manuel Fangio, Giancarlo Baghetti, Nigel Mansell and Kimi Raikkonen – would be an understatement!
Victory in Bahrain marked the Spaniard’s first F1 win since he took the victory flag at Fuji in 2008, and this marks the perfect way to start his 2010 championship campaign in his bid for a third Drivers’ Championship title.
He described the win as “a very special day for me,” in the post-race press conference.
"Coming back to the top of the podium is always special but even more so with Ferrari.
"There’s no better way to start this relationship. This is the best in the world; we’ve worked hard all winter and the guys did a very good job in testing.
"This first victory is dedicated to all the people in Italy, the mechanics here and President (Luca) di Montezemolo – this result is very, very positive.
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