The start of a new F1 season always raises a few questions, and the 2013 campaign kicked off without a clear favourite after winter testing proved inconclusive.
Mercedes appeared to live up to their pre-season billing with Nico Rosberg
topping practice, before Red Bull
came to the fore in an interrupted qualifying session. Come raceday, however, and even Sebastian Vettel
- or at least his tyres - proved fallible, with Kimi Raikkonen
coming through to take an unexpected victory for Lotus, while Fernando Alonso
also got the better of his 2012 nemesis as Ferrari's latest car confirmed that it is indeed a better prospect than its predecessor.
Behind the top three, Felipe Massa
showed that he means to start a season as he has finished the last couple, challenging team-mate Alonso into turn one and running ahead of him for half the race before an ill-timed tyre stop restricted him to fourth. Lewis Hamilton
was left to uphold Mercedes honour after Rosberg retired, while Mark Webber
rescued sixth spot after another appalling start and technical glitches.
More unexpected than Raikkonen's win, however, was the performance of Force India
returnee Adrian Sutil, who made a free tyre choice before the start work in his favour by leading in the second half, and the German appeared to be in line for a possible podium until Pirelli's supersofts refused to go the distance to the flag.
Team-mate Paul di Resta ensured that both Force India
cars scored points, while Jenson Button
and Romain Grosjean
both endured anonymous races to round out the top ten.
Further back, Jules Bianchi
topped the third division battle on his debut with the Marussia team, as all five 2013 rookies went the distance.
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