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Kimi Raikkonen wins 2013 Australian F1 GP season starter

After rain-soaked and postponed qualifying sessions, the 2013 Formula One season has kicked off in Australia, with Kimi Raikkonen taking the chequered flag. The Lotus driver made a great effort the entire race after starting in seventh position.

Taking home second position was Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who started fifth on the grid, followed by last year’s world champion Sebastian Vettel in third. Vettel was the favourite to win, starting from pole position, but dealt with tyre issues throughout the race.

Australian Mark Webber finished up in sixth after starting second. Webber said post-race there were a lot of problems before the race even started, with telemetry issues as well as tyre strategies making things difficult.

Daniel Ricciardo had to retire during the race due to engine problems. He was running in 14th position at the time.

See below for the full 2013 Australian F1 GP results:
(Position/driver/team – start position/position change)

1
Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus
7 +6
2
Fernando Alonso – Ferrari
5 +3
3
Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull
1 -2
4
Felipe Massa – Ferrari
4
5
Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
3 -2
6
Mark Webber – Red Bull
2
-4
7
Adrian Sutil – Force India
12
+5
8
Paul di Resta – Force India
9
+1
9
Jenson Button – McLaren
10
+1
10
Romain Grosjean – Lotus
8
-2
11
Sergio Perez – McLaren
15
+4
12
Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso
13
+1
13
Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber
18
+5
14
Valtteri Bottas – Williams
16
+2
15
Jules Bianchi – Marussia
19
+4
16
Charles Pic – Caterham
22
+6
17
Max Chilton – Marussia
20
+3
18
Giedo van der Garde – Caterham
21
+3
19
Daniel Ricciardo – Toro Rosso
14
-5
20
Nico Rosberg – Mercedes
6
-14
21
Pastor Maldonado – Williams
17
-4
22
Nico Hulkenberg – Sauber
11
-11

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.