Gene praises Ferrari after Spain win

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Marc Gene was quick to praise Scuderia Ferrari after the Italian team scored a spectacular victory in the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend courtesy of Fernando Alonso, writes James Beckett.

The former Buckingham University student is the team’s official test and reserve driver, and attends all Grand Prix events for the team as well as covering the races for the Italian-based Sky F1 channel.

He said: “For Fernando to win in Spain it was great for many people and proved to be a very popular victory with the fans.

“It was great to see him waving the Spanish flag at the end of the race – even if the stewards did want to talk to him about that!”

“I know just how hard the Ferrari team is working to put Fernando and Felipe (Massa) into a position to be able to challenge for the world championship title.

“Everyone is fully committed on making 2013 the year of Ferrari again.”

Gene has formed part of the Scuderia establishment since the end of 2004, after leaving the Williams F1 team.

He added: “My association with Ferrari is really good and I very much enjoy everything I do for the team and the marque.

“I am looking forward to being with the team in Monaco for the Grand Prix and then I will drive for Audi in the Le Mans test at the beginning of next month and then race an Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the Le Mans 24-Hour race.”

F1 points after round five: 1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 89; 2. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) 85; 3. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 72; 4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 50; 5. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 45; 6. Mark Webber (Red Bull) 42. Next Race: Monaco, May 26.