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Australian Grand Prix – Race Results: 1st!

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Kimi Raikkonen played a two-stop strategy to perfection to beat Fernando Alonso to victory in an enthralling Australian Grand Prix.

All predictions of tedious Red Bull domination proved way off the mark, as Sebastian Vettel finished third, overshadowed by the Lotus and Ferrari.

Classified:

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault              1h30:03.225
 2.  Alonso         Ferrari                    +    12.451
 3.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault           +    22.346
 4.  Massa          Ferrari                    +    33.577
 5.  Hamilton       Mercedes                   +    45.561
 6.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault           +    46.800
 7.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes       +  1:05.068
 8.  Di Resta       Force India-Mercedes       +  1:08.449
 9.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes           +  1:21.630
10.  Grosjean       Lotus-Renault              +  1:22.759
11.  Perez          McLaren-Mercedes           +  1:23.367
12.  Vergne         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +  1:23.857
13.  Gutierrez      Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
14.  Bottas         Williams-Renault           +     1 lap
15.  Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth          +     1 lap
16.  Pic            Caterham-Renault           +    2 laps
17.  Chilton        Marussia-Cosworth          +    2 laps
18.  van der Garde  Caterham-Renault           +    2 laps

Fastest lap: Raikkonen, 1:29.274

Not classified/retirements:

Driver        Team                         On lap
Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari           40
Rosberg        Mercedes                     26
Maldonado      Williams-Renault             25
Hulkenberg     Sauber-Ferrari               1

World Championship standings, round 1:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Raikkonen      25        1.  Ferrari                    30
 2.  Alonso         18        2.  Lotus-Renault              26
 3.  Vettel         15        3.  Red Bull-Renault           23
 4.  Massa          12        4.  Mercedes                   10
 5.  Hamilton       10        5.  Force India-Mercedes       10
 6.  Webber          8        6.  McLaren-Mercedes            2
 7.  Sutil           6       
 8.  Di Resta        4       
 9.  Button          2       
10.  Grosjean        1

Videos: Winning, overtakes, interview

 

Quotes:

Raikkonen: win one the easiest yet

“Our plan was to do two stops and though it’s always difficult in the first races to know when to stop and not go too early, we got it exactly right. We followed the plan and it worked out perfectly for us. I could save the tyres and go fast if I needed. It was one of the easiest races I have done to win. Hopefully we can have many more of these races.”

“Fernando was catching me at some points when I was taking it a bit more easy and I had some traffic, so I just wanted to make sure that if the rain came or anything I had a bit more of a gap. It was a pretty nice race, not so difficult. It feels good but it’s only one race so it doesn’t really change our aim or our work.”

“We’re happy with the win and there’s a lot still to do to try to win the championship.”

Mark Slade on the radio after the race ”absolutely superb, well done mate.’

Fernando Alonso: “Obviously at the end it was a little bit sad not to be able to win the race, but Kimi was fantastic today, the Lotus car as well. We need to congratulate them for a fantastic race. Kimi was driving fantastically all through the race and he managed two stops.”

Sebastian Vettel: “Congratulations to Lotus and especially to Kimi, I think they did the best job today.”

Paul Hembery: “Kimi Raikkonen and Lotus understood the tyres perfectly, making a two-stop strategy work when many of their rivals couldn’t. It was a true masterclass in tyre management… It’s also worth pointing out that Raikkonen drove the fastest lap of the race on lap 56: the penultimate lap, on medium tyres that were 22 laps old.”

Martin Whitmarsh: “Kimi deserves this, he’s done a real great job.”

Eric Boullier : “Kimi drove impeccably all weekend and gave the team his all.”

Jeremy Clarkson: “I am extremely happy that Kimi and his Chipping Norton car won. Really extremely happy.”

David Coulthard: “His victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday was Kimi at his very best.”

Lotus team quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 1st: “I’m happy for the team and for myself also. We’ve had a quick car all weekend and there were no issues with it either, so we could just focus on trying different things and getting the setup how we wanted. I had a good feeling that we would be ok with the tyres after practice and the team got the strategy perfect. I made a few places at the start and then had a good battle with Lewis [Hamilton] but after that it was quite simple; probably one of my easiest wins. You can’t start the season much better than winning the first race and of course we hope we can be fighting at the front of the Championship, but there’s a long way to go still and we need to keep pushing hard all the way.”

Romain Grosjean – 10th: “Something felt wrong with my car, so I have to sit down with the team and analyse where the issue came from. It felt so good all weekend until the race itself, but in the end the race was long and quite difficult for me. We know that Albert Park can be a tricky circuit and the weather has certainly not helped today. It’s been a great weekend for the team with Kimi’s win so it’s clear there’s pace in the car. Let’s hope I can unlock that pace too next weekend in Sepang.”

Eric Boullier, Team Principal: “I’m very happy. After Kimi’s great start we were hoping that we could achieve a podium finish, then as the race unfolded and we saw the other teams pitting – showing that they were on three-stop strategies – our position became stronger and stronger. It’s a fantastic feeling to open the season in this way. Kimi drove impeccably all weekend and gave the team his all. Romain had a difficult race and we have to analyse what went wrong for him. This win is a further testament to all the hard work which goes on at Enstone and we owe tremendous thanks to each and every employee. We head to Malaysia in the best position we could be. ”

James Allison, Technical Director: “It was a splendid thing we saw today. It’s a day like this which make everything about this job worthwhile and that will be true for everyone involved with the team. It’s great. We were a little deflated after qualifying, as we knew the car had better pace than our grid positions suggested. Nevertheless we were confident from the long run pace we’d seen on Friday that we could make a two-stop strategy work. It was lovely to see the lap times ticking off metronomically without any real fear that the tyres weren’t going to go the distance. Hopefully we can repeat Kimi’s fantastic performance again next weekend with both cars.”

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13 responses

  1. TiiuT

    KIMI – You are the BEST!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    Thousand thanks to the LOTUS-team for the making a worthy car!! Just marvelous!!

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    March 17, 2013 at 8:06 am

  2. Absolutely the best way to start the season, total mastery of tyre control and speed

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    March 17, 2013 at 8:28 am

  3. Reblogged this on naNINAnuneno and commented:
    Wohoooo…. australian is yours Kimi, well done!!! 😉

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    March 17, 2013 at 8:29 am

  4. WOW, what a start! I kinda had a feeling he’d do it tbh 😛 *smug*

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    March 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

  5. Kimi4WDC

    And a fastest lap 🙂 Sweet!

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    March 17, 2013 at 9:35 am

  6. Trixie

    Yaaayyy! Way to start the season, Kimi. Was in Melb for last four days and the weather was wild! Malaysia here we come next.
    Saima, how can I send you some of the photos taken in Melb ?

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    March 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

  7. Srini

    Just remembering the 2007 Season start …. Very much identical Go Kimi Go……..Winter time in australia and Iceman Rocks the party……:)

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    March 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

  8. Kimi is my favourite. He is the best in the in the world.our 2013 world champion. God bless u kimi.I wish u 10wins this year.

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    March 17, 2013 at 11:07 am

  9. Leonardo

    Now THAT`S what I am talking about! Lotus got strategy spot on. But that car is also very kind to those Pirellis. What a fine combination!

    And of course they have the best driver too . . . Very well done boys

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    March 17, 2013 at 11:10 am

  10. JB

    Couldn’t be happier, this is massive! Best start possible! With a fastest lap, in a typical fashion of Kimi at his best.
    I kinda liked the quali-race in 1 day combination, it was fun waking up at night then sleep again then wake up for the race 🙂
    Anyway, congrats to all! In my case this now pushed me to buying Spanish GP tickets, the idea which I was pondering about for some time. It will be my 3rd GP visit overall and 2nd visit to Circuit Catalunya this year, yeeaaaa!

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    March 17, 2013 at 11:12 am

  11. waka

    yeah!! thats are boy…congrats iceman..im so happy 1st win in Round 1 looks like 2007 again …

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    March 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm

  12. Good start kimi the end will be the some.
    The return of a LEGEND

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    March 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm

  13. A deserved win for Lotus and Kimi! While others opted for a three stop strategy at Albert Park, Lotus proved that the race could be won using a two stop strategy. On top of that, we’ve seen that the E21 car has got the pace to consistently fight with the Red Bulls and the Ferraris. I hope the Enstone-based outfit can keep on developing its car throughout the year, make things more difficult for the other teams and give Kimi and Romain the opportunity to fight for the 2013 F1 World title…

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    March 18, 2013 at 11:21 am

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