F1 » Raikkonen wins Australian GP

Kimi Raikkonen took a comfortable win in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, as Lotus beat both Ferrari and Red Bull.

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Richard Prior - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 8:14 AM

Red Bull have little advantage at the start of the 2013 season.

Ferrari & Lotus unquestionably manage tyre wear better than the rest.

Red Bull is competitive - no more.

Mercedes surprised us by blowing away McLaren who are running about a second a lap down on the leaders.

Hamilton is on the button (not Button) in his forecast that Alonso is hot competition, But my forecast is at current team comparison, Alonso & Raikkonen will be the hot favourites.

Mercedes and Red Bull will be fighting it out, dependent on the upgrades.

Pirelli - again get my "Black flag" for producing idiotic tyres. Their 2013 supersoft tyres have no place in F1. Excessive wear rate without advantage - see Sutil's final stint where he was unable to compete with the medium compound over the final 10 laps. Sutil remains a dark horse, and Force India could surprise us all at the end of the season.

Terminator - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 8:17 AM

Kimi set the fastest lap of the race on the 23rd lap with the same set of tyres.
Compare it to Alonso, Vettel and Hamilton, who were only able to make in on 3 stops by backing off a bit at certain stages.
Brilliant stuff from Kimi, a real WC contender for certain now :)

AMG - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 8:23 AM

Notice how Webber started close to Vettel and he obviously had a bad start. Also notice how Ferrari made Alonso stop sooner to overtake Massa, who could have easily finished third.

Vettel had to fight for it for once, and once again it was obvious that he needs a perfect car to win.

Kimi won because he managed the tyres better than anyone else. Only Alonso could have beaten him, but I think the laps behind Sutil, Vettel and Massa ruined his chances.

Massa can be unhappy with Ferrari because they ruined his chances for the podium waiting too much for the second stop. I'm quite sure RedBull did the job to Webber as well. It's not casual that when they're close in the starting grid, Webber always has some sort of problem so Vettel can run free for an easy win. Not today though.


March 17, 2013 8:24 AM

Richard I agree with you there, many posters last year disliked the tyre situation as going too far. Pity they didn't keep to those compounds as it looks like starting on Primes will be a major disadvantage.


March 17, 2013 8:25 AM

Well done to the podium.

The atmosphere is great here in Melbourne towards these 3.

No excuses for our countryman Mark Webber. He should have done better and hopefully will..

Now party time after a good event over 4 days if your on the ground in Melbourne.

Its well worth the cost to Australia.

sokudo - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 8:30 AM

@AMG stop looking for baseless conspiracy theories. Only someone completely ignorant would look for conspiracy in this situation. Congratulations I guess. As they say, ignorance is bliss.

Fact is Webber got a bad start, nothing new. His starts are his obvious achilles heel. As for Massa, he was ahead of Alonso and was given preferential treatment first time round. Alonso pitted earlier than expected second time around, probably a call made by the man himself. He's a double world champion and got held up. Sounds like an easy strategy call to me.

numiii - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 8:30 AM

nice start of the loong season. quite interesting to see kim up there, clealry that lotus and rhe ferraris's long run pace definitly impressive.

red bull not competitive any more? well, guys, it is very first race and they surely not put out all their magic in their car yet. besides it is not a normal circuit so let see till bahrain or catalunya.

AMG - Unregistered

March 17, 2013 8:34 AM

@sokudo it's not conspiracies, it's just clear that these teams have first and second driver.

Massa didn't just stop a lap later, Alonso stopped, then Vettel stopped, and Massa was still on the track for a couple of laps. He lost 2 positions there.

And about RedBull it's not the first time. Was it the KERS again? What was this time? Thing is, it's not the first time and anyone could have predicted that Webber would have a bad start today. It was not the first time, it won't be the last one either.

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