posted 5 years ago

Australian F1 GP Race Result

Raikkonen keeps his cool to take Australia win

Kimi Raikkonen held off Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel to win the season opener at Albert Park.

Everybody had assumed that the on form Red Bull's would be taking steps on the podium after Vettel had started on pole, with his team-mate, Mark Webber in 2nd. But the Australian had a terrible start which moved him down the pack to 7th. With the race being decided by the number of pitstops, it was Raikkonen in his Lotus that made a two-stop strategy work and this enabled him to take the chequered flag 12.4 seconds ahead of Alonso.

Felipe Massa briefly took the lead, but a late pitstop dropped him down to 7th and he eventually clawed himself back up the pack to finish 4th. Lewis Hamilton, with his new team Mercedes had taken 3rd spot on the grid. But he never showed the pace during the race to turn that result into a podium and he took 10 points finishing in 5th. His team-mate, Nico Rosberg didn't complete the race and abandoned his car which had electrical problems on lap 26. Other non-finishers were Daniel Ricciardo, Pastor Maldonado, who spun off track and Nico Hulkenberg who failed to start in his Force India after suffering a fuel problem.

Jenson Button had a race to forget and was one of the first drivers to change tyres on lap 4. He spent most of the race battling with Kimi's team-mate, Romain Grosjean and crossed the line just 1.1 seconds ahead of the Frenchman. Sergio Perez in his first outing for McLaren also failed to impress finishing just out of the points in 11th.

The next race sees the drivers head to the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia on 22-24 March.

1. Kimi Raikkonen
2. Fernando Alonso
3. Sebastian Vettel
4. Felipe Massa
5. Lewis Hamilton
6. Mark Webber
7. Adrian Sutil
8. Paul di Resta
9. Jenson Button
10. Romain Grojean
11. Sergio Perez
12. Jean-Eric Vergne
13. Esteban Guterriez
14. Valtteri Bottas
15. Jules Bianchi
16. Charles Pic
17. Max Chilton
18. Giedo van der Garde