2013 Australian Grand Prix result

2013 Australian Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Melbourne, 2013

Pos # Driver Car Laps Gap Difference Reason
1 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 58
2 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 58 12.451 12.451
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 58 22.346 9.895
4 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 58 33.577 11.231
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 58 45.561 11.984
6 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 58 46.800 1.239
7 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 58 65.068 18.268
8 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 58 68.449 3.381
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren 58 81.630 13.181
10 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 58 82.759 1.129
11 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 58 83.367 0.608
12 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 58 83.857 0.490
13 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 57 1 lap 1 lap
14 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 57 1 lap 7.451
15 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 57 1 lap 61.527
16 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 56 2 laps 1 lap
17 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 56 2 laps 34.359
18 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 56 2 laps 26.626
Not classified
19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 39 19 laps 17 laps Exhaust
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 26 32 laps 13 laps Electrics
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 24 34 laps 2 laps Accident
11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 0 58 laps 24 laps Did not start

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47 comments on 2013 Australian Grand Prix result

  1. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 17th March 2013, 7:38

    Red Bull were going to dominate, they said…. 2013 was going to be another 2011…. they said.

  2. Calum (@calum) said on 17th March 2013, 7:38

    Great result for Raikkonen and Lotus! Well done!
    Mercedes and Hamilton will be happy with 5th.

    Vettel shouldn’t be too disappointed with 3rd, and we fans should be glad it got a bit mixed up at the front!

  3. K0V4LA1NEN said on 17th March 2013, 7:39

    yewwww Raikonen :D o happy and good on sutil and massa

  4. carbon_fibre (@carbon_fibre) said on 17th March 2013, 7:39

    Absolutely gutted about how Ferrari DESTROYED Massa’s race.

    • robfff said on 17th March 2013, 8:08

      I saw it as Massa making the wrong call. Alonso’s side of the garage saw a bit further ahead and got the jump on Massa’s side of the garage and Vettel’s RBR’s team.

      • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 17th March 2013, 8:15

        Alonso always gets the favorable strategy and first call. That’s how it seems to work at Ferrari.

        • robfff said on 17th March 2013, 8:45

          Thats not how it works early in the year. They only select a #1 driver when one has a large points lead over the other.

          Ferrari dont have a central strategy caller, who makes calls for both sides. They have two teams within a team who make calls for their own driver. It was simply a matter of Massa’s side of the garage being worse.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 17th March 2013, 9:23

            Sure, keep believing that. Ferrari is clearly not interested in giving both guys equal chances, they know their best bet is on Alonso for the championship and they are supporting him to reach that goal.

          • robfff said on 17th March 2013, 10:40

            @bascb

            History has shown that they favor the driver with the most points. For example, they gave Massa priority in 2008 when he was performing better than Kimi.

            Ferrari have in the past always given equal treatment at the start of the year because they have no idea which driver is on form. As we have seen, even quick drivers like Kimi can have off years. There’s no reason why Ferrari would place all their bets on Alonso this early, when they have no idea yet if he is the faster of the two in the new car.

            Anyways, if telling yourself that Alonso is already given priority makes you feel better, then keep believing it!

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 17th March 2013, 14:12

            Ferrari have in the past always given equal treatment at the start of the year because they have no idea which driver is on form

            – that is what they claimed, yes.
            But just as McLaren claims treating their drivers equally has in reality been far from the truth on several occasions, what was true in 2008 does not have to be true of 2013 (or 2011 and 2012).
            Why is there no reason Ferrari would place their bets with Alonso, when he clearly works best when he knows his team is fully behind him to do that,and he has proven that he can achieve just that if they give them a halfway good car to do it with?
            After Massa’s form in the last 3 years, its hardly surprising the team does not expect him to be a consistent contender after all.

        • favomodo (@favomodo) said on 17th March 2013, 13:48

          At the first pit stops, Massa was called in first. He got this advantage because of leading before Alonso. Later in the race Alonso (or one of his race-engineers) called for an early stop because his current strategy would not lead to anything good.

          The most awkward moment was when Massa asked: ‘What do we do now’. He really doesn’t have a feeling for race-strategies. He’s just a racer.

      • James R said on 18th March 2013, 10:39

        Absolute Tosh. There is only 1 Team Boss – he saw to it Alonso was on the favourable strategy!! If Alonso wins the title this year I won’t be pleased for him. He’s still the same old WHINGER!!

  5. Russell Gould (@russellgould) said on 17th March 2013, 7:41

    Good points for Ferrari, Lotus, and Red Bull!

  6. KLCC88 (@klcc88) said on 17th March 2013, 7:44

    great race….happy for Hamilton!…I’m in malaysia right now waiting for them to come over and can see a lot o the local Petronas Fans are happy for Hammy’s 5th Place…

  7. Kelixman said on 17th March 2013, 7:46

    So glad that ferarri finally has got the pace to compete with red bull and the other fast cars. And nicely done by hamilton with his new car. The competition is still very open since this is the first race. May the best racer win (y)

  8. I hope there isn’t a penalty for all of Lotus because the floors of their cars must be so beaten up after that race. They seemed awfully low even after fuel loads were spent….. *sparks everywhere*

    Otherwise, job well done, and I am excited what is to come for Lotus and Ferrari this season! Go Kimi! Go Alonso!

    • robfff said on 17th March 2013, 8:09

      They normally have a tiny bit of metal under the car which makes sparks but does not really degrade. The driver feels it though!

  9. Aimal (@aimalkhan) said on 17th March 2013, 7:49

    I like how Alonso said “we had traffic with Sebastian and Felipe in the beginning”. hehehe

  10. Aldoid said on 17th March 2013, 7:49

    Quite pleased with the result. Was worried Red Bull were going to have it all their way, but thankfully the Lotus & Ferrari are pretty quick, even if they’re not so good on the one lap pace. Mercedes still seem to be having trouble getting the tires switched on: they’re not suffering too much on the degradation front, but they just don’t have the lap times to match early on in the stints. That said, I’m sure they’ll be happy with 5th. It’s better than I thought they would’ve had. Shame about Rosberg’s DNF though. Good performance from Force India as well. Kudos to Sutil for such a strong drive.

  11. Eggry (@eggry) said on 17th March 2013, 7:50

    Great. I’m really happy this race wasn’t straightforward for Red Bull. Very interesting strategies and driving.

  12. Quite pleased with how Massa, Sutil and Di Resta performed, to be honest. They are the only guys that I would have expected to finish lower in the top 10 (or out of it).

    Sauber, Williams and Torro Rosso (and even McLaren, I dare to say) have some serious catching up to do, even compared to Force India.

    Except for McLaren’s showing and Webber’s start, the biggest disappointment has to be Grosjean. Way too far behind his team mate. “Best rookie” should be handed to Bianchi this weekend, without a doubt.

    • Eggry (@eggry) said on 17th March 2013, 7:58

      Yup. Grosjean was really disappointing.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 17th March 2013, 9:25

      Just take in account for Grosjean that he got a lot of new bits on the car only on saturday morning. That left him with 2 dry laps on track to try and find a good setup with parts he was unfamiliar with.

      And I would say that its a positive to see that a) he did not crash and b) he did make some good moves to at least get a point in.

  13. Nick (@nick101) said on 17th March 2013, 7:57

    So it appears that normal service has resumed at Ferrari – firmly shafting Massa for the benefit of Alonso.

    If I was Massa I would be FUMING!

    • robfff said on 17th March 2013, 8:14

      You clearly dont understand how decisions are made regarding strategy. Each side of the garage makes their own decisions and when one wants to pit, they ask if the other side is expecting to pit on the same lap. If they both want to pit on the same lap, then the lead car gets priority.

      As you would have seen, Alonoso’s side of the garage was risky in how they came in extra early, catching both Vettel and Massa off guard.

      If Massa’s side of the garage had been more on it, they could have done what Alonso had done, leaving Alonso out a lap longer. But they never.

    • Kimi4WDC said on 17th March 2013, 9:00

      Basically Ferrari did a Lotus like performance from last year.

      They should just kept him out and told him to watch tyres as Kimi. But I would imagine Massa’s tyres were in trouble due to he was in dirty air for long. Notice how Kimi on purpose did not follow any one closely.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 17th March 2013, 9:26

        They should have pitted Massa at the same time Vettel went in, instead of leaving him out for another lap.

        • robfff said on 17th March 2013, 10:43

          The radio message from Massa’s race engineer sort of gave the impression that they thought he would be a lot faster once in clean air, which obviously turned out not to be the case. I dont think they planned to pit so early, but did in reaction to the move pulled by Alonso’s engineering team.

  14. bull mello (@bullmello) said on 17th March 2013, 8:17

    Very happy for Kimi, I always like to see him win. Happy for the state of competitiveness in F1. Different strategies on different tracks will suit different teams, cars and drivers. No one car has a monopoly advantage on aero, straight line speed and tire management all together. This will be another interesting season. At least 5 teams have a legitimate chance to win races this season – Lotus, Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes and Force India. McLaren, Williams and Sauber must step up their development to be able to win podiums, let alone a race. Most disappointing performance by a driver this weekend – Pastor Maldonado. Beaten by his rookie teammate in qualifying and the race. Overall, great race, would like to see more like this one.

  15. Yoshitsune (@yobo01) said on 17th March 2013, 8:40

    What happened to Hulkenberg? I heard that he was starting from the pitlane, but I’ve never seen him during the race. When I checked he was already retired.

    • robfff said on 17th March 2013, 8:47

      Never started, Car was not ready.

    • I’m pretty sure I saw him on the live timing as coming out of the pits for one lap after the start. Didn’t see actual images of his car or anything but…

      • robfff said on 17th March 2013, 9:06

        I dont think so. When the drivers were on the grid, Hulk was walking around casually in the paddock wearing normal jeans and a tshirt. As far as I know, they announced before the race begun that he would not be taking part.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 17th March 2013, 9:28

      Sauber found an issue with the fuel system. Something leaking. So they had to disassemble the car and just were not able to get it back together soon enough without rising a haste job – making it unsafe, so they decided it just would not be possible to race the car.

      Ted Kravitz showed the car about 15 minutes before the race, with no FW on and the complete engine, gearbox and rear end of the car taken apart.

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