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Race Preview 2013 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX 22-24 MARCH 2013 Following Kimi Raikkonen’s victory at the...

Raikkonen rules in Australia

Kimi Raikkonen marched to his second victory since making his Formula One comeback with a commanding drive at the Australian Grand Prix.

The Lotus driver, who returned to F1 at the start of 2012, won a chaotic Abu Dhabi late last season but his victory in Melbourne as much smoother affair, made possible by his ability to work a two-stop strategy while his chief rivals opted for three visits to pit lane.

Starting from seventh, Raikkonen’s first pit stop came on lap nine when he discarded the supersoft tyres he had started with for the medium compound Pirelli.

Vettel starts 2013 on pole in Australia

Sebastian Vettel started his title defence with an immaculate pole position, with team-mate Mark Webber alongside him on the front row. When the weather-affected qualifying session resumed on Sunday morning, conditions in Albert Park had improved from yesterday evening – but only to the extent the track had changed from full-wet to intermediate conditions.

DRIVERS 1 – Sebastian VETTEL (Red Bull Racing) 2 – Mark WEBBER (Red Bull Racing) 3 – Lewis HAMILTON...
DRIVERS 1 – Kimi RAIKKONEN (Lotus) 2 – Fernando ALONSO (Ferrari) 3 – Sebastian VETTEL (Red Bull...

FP3 in Australia washed away

The final free practice session before Australian Grand Prix qualifying was a mixed affair with rain interrupting proceedings 16 minutes into the hour.

The session began in strong sunshine, but with heavy clouds gathering around Albert Park, drivers headed out as soon as the pitlane light turned green, Mark Webber being the first driver to set a time. That was soon eclipsed and times continued to fall until the rains came. At that point Romain Grosjean was quickest with a time of 1m26.929. Behind him were the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

Post-qualifying press conference – Unless rain once again causes significant delays, the normal...

FP2: Red Bull Racing drivers dominate second session

Red Bull Racing continued to show they’re still the team to beat in Formula One with Sebastian Vettel following up his fastest time in FP1 with another dominant display in the second free practice session ahead of Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix.

Vettel was joined at the top of the timesheet by team-mate Mark Webber who finished the session just two tenths of a second adrift of the defending champion.

FP1: Vettel tops opening session of 2013 season

Defending Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel claimed top spot in the first free practice session of the 2013 championship with a lap of 1:27.211 at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.

The Red Bull Racing driver was followed by Felipe Massa, who finished just 0.078 adrift of the German. Fernando Alonso took third place with a lap 0.336 back from the 2012 champion.