Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Melbourne, 2013

Top ten pictures from the 2013 Australian Grand Prix

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Here are the top ten pictures from the Australian Grand Prix which tell the story of the race.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Thursday

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Melbourne, 2013

A new dawn greeted Lewis Hamilton in Melbourne as he began his first race weekend as a Mercedes driver. With third on the grid and fifth in the race it went pretty well – particularly compared to the fortunes of his former team.

Giedo van der Garde, Caterham, Friday

Giedo van der Garde, Caterham, Melbourne, 2013

Giedo van der Garde was one of five rookie drivers making his first F1 start in Australia. But he lost time on Friday when he spun into the gravel in second practice.

Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Friday

Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Melbourne, 2013

Fellow rookie Jules Bianchi had a promising first weekend at the wheel of a car he’d only driven twice before. He out-qualified Max Chilton (another first-timer) by three-quarters of a second and brought the Marussia home in 15th place.

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Friday

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Melbourne, 2013

Twelve months ago the F2012 did not look good enough to wear a Ferrari badge and Felipe Massa did not look quick enough to wear Ferrari overalls. But it’s a different story this year – the F138 is a better-looking car in every sense and Massa was on Fernando Alonso’s pace all weekend in Australia.

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Friday

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Melbourne, 2013

While much attention was focused on his team mate, Nico Rosberg had a quietly impressive weekend in the other Mercedes. He ran well in the wet parts of qualifying and was keeping Hamilton in range when an electrical fault ended his race before half-distance.

Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Saturday

Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Melbourne, 2013

The weather took a turn on Saturday, soaking the track and forcing most of qualifying to be postponed.

When it resumed Nico Hulkenberg narrowly missed out on reaching Q3 but worse was to follow. A fuel pressure problem meant he couldn’t start the race. Incredibly, he is yet to complete a racing lap in Melbourne after three attempts.

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Sunday

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Melbourne, 2013

Sebastian Vettel notched up his 37th career pole position despite this off-track moment on Sunday morning.

Australian Grand Prix Start, Sunday

Start, Melbourne, 2013

The cars scream through turn one for the first time this year. Vettel is out of the frame while Massa has demoted Hamilton and Alonso is preparing to follow him.

But Webber’s hopes of a podium finish in his home race are already looking faint after a poor start dropped him from second to seventh.

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Sunday

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Melbourne, 2013

Adrian Sutil made his return to F1 after a one-year absence. He reaped the benefit of being able to start on medium tyres by taking the lead twice during the course of the race. But eventually he had to run the super-softs and slipped back to seventh in the closing stages as his tyres grained.

Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, Sunday

Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Melbourne, 2013

It was an all-champions podium as Raikkonen led home Alonso and Vettel.

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