"I'm pleased with today's result - it's much better than we expected at the first race of the season. The car felt really good on the track too. My first stint was strong and I was able to ride with the super soft tyres longer than most other pilots.
I do not know exactly where we lost ground on the cars in front of us - we will analyze exactly after the race. It's important that we have a car we can work with. The team did a fantastic job to get us to this position. Thanks to everyone here at the track, the factory, and at home for their support in my first race with Mercedes. We are now looking forward to the race in Malaysia next weekend. Hopefully we can improve there and build on the positive start here. ".