His first Silver Arrows podium in the bag, Valtteri is already looking ahead to round two of the Championship in Shanghai.
“Overall this race wasn't a disaster,” said the Finn. “It's good to start with a podium with a new team and every position is important for the Championship.
“There's a long season ahead. I have my points and I'll do better next time. I'm looking forward to China.
Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff defended the team’s strategy, congratulating our rivals in red as well-deserved winners.
“Some races you win, some races you lose, and when the days come where another team has done a better job, you need to accept that with humility and recognise their performance,” he said. “From the early stages of the race, it was clear that Sebastian was very quick because Lewis wasn't able to pull away.