David Coulthard won the praise of Red Bull team boss Christian Horner after finishing fourth in Australia.
1 G Fisichella (Renault)
2 R Barrichello (Ferrari)
3 F Alonso (Renault)
4 D Coulthard (Red Bull)
5 M Webber (Williams)
6 JP Montoya (McLaren)
7 C Klien (Red Bull)
8 K Raikkonen (McLaren)
Horner said Coulthard had driven an "unbelievable" race on his debut for the team that was formerly Jaguar.
"To be fourth on merit is a fantastic result," said Horner, who saw his other driver Christian Klien finish seventh.
"It gives us a real solid platform. We have achieved our initial target of respectability and now that target has to be a podium," he added.
"Considering we were reasonably late developing the car, the potential is
there to be unleashed I think."
Coulthard was slightly more cautious in his approach.
"We wouldn't have been up here if it wasn't for the unsual conditions of qualifying but I have to be happy with fourth."
The Scot staged a race-long battle with Williams driver Mark Webber and was second for a large part of the afternoon.
But he lost places to Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello and Renault's Fernando Alonso at the second pit stops.
"I lost a lot of time in traffic - I hit a Minardi and seemed to pass about six Jordans out there," the Scot said.
"All it would have taken was track position and I could have held off Alonso."