Ferrari's Fernando Alonso pleased with Australian Grand Prix result

Fernando Alonso sits in his team's pit on November 23, 2012
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Fernando Alonso says that he is pleased to finish second at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has said that he is satisfied with his performance at the Australian Grand Prix.

The Spaniard finished second in Melbourne behind Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen and ahead of reigning world champion and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel.

"At Ferrari we had a good winter and the car is more or less what we expected," BBC Sport quotes him as saying.

"To arrive here and be fighting for the podium was the aim of the weekend, to start the season with a more competitive package and this aim was achieved. The car felt good so being on the podium is job done, let's say.

"We saw Lotus were very quick in the winter and they did a fantastic weekend and deserve the victory. The Red Bull is the quickest car, first and second in practice and qualifying. They suffered a little bit in degradation in the race, but it doesn't mean they are not the fastest."

The next race will be the Malaysian Grand Prix next weekend.

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen celebrates with champagne after winning the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on March 17, 2013
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