Kimi Raikkonen wins 2013 Australian Grand Prix

2013 Australian Grand Prix summary

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Melbourne, 2013Kimi Raikkonen came from seventh on the grid to win the Australian Grand Prix.

It was a strategic win for the Lotus team whose driver made just two pit stops while his closest rivals came in three times.

Fernando Alonso took second after making an early second stop to jump ahead of early leader Sebastian Vettel. Alonso gave chase of Raikkonen in the closing stages of the race but was unable to catch the Lotus.

Nor could Vettel, who took pole position in emphatic fashion earlier today, do anything to catch the Ferrari at the end of the race. It was a disappointing Grand Prix for Red Bull who locked out the front row of the grid but saw their cars come home third and sixth, Mark Webber losing several places at the start.

Felipe Massa kept Alonso behind at the start but was out-fumbled by his team mate in the pits and lost time behind Adrian Sutil later.

The Force India driver led several laps after starting the race on medium tyres. But he struggled for pace on the super-softs at the end of the race and came home seventh just ahead of team mate Paul di Resta.

Lewis Hamilton tried to do a two-stop strategy but had to convert to three after locking his tyres while battling with Alonso and needing an early second stop. Team mate Nico Rosberg retired with a technical problem.

Jenson Button and Romain Grosjean rounded out the points scorers, the latter making a poor start and struggling with his tyres late in the race. Sergio Perez was just outside the points on his McLaren debut after starting 15th.

A full race review will follow later.

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80 comments on Kimi Raikkonen wins 2013 Australian Grand Prix

  1. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 17th March 2013, 11:49

    I was shaking my head in disbelief when
    1. Bianchi was gradually closing in on Bottas.
    2. Sutil was pulling away from Vettel, who was holding up the Ferraris..

  2. Wolfgang (@amadeus) said on 17th March 2013, 15:39

    Uh-huh…is this Paul DiResta or we are reading the diary of a wimpy kid?
    Adrian Sutil rules. Too bad that the tyres let him down…..

  3. Wolfgang (@amadeus) said on 17th March 2013, 15:41

    Sutil prved that he’s a top driver. When he had the same tyres with the others, nobody could overtake him. 100% value!

  4. Paul2013 said on 17th March 2013, 16:17

    The most stupid thing of the race: Hamilton defending his position from Alonso. Well done Hamilton, with a pilot like you Who need tyre strategies.

  5. burt michel said on 17th March 2013, 22:28

    winning is not important, but it´s humiliation … ;)

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