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Australian GP 2013 - Race Report - First Race, First Win of 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 08:30
First race, first win, Mr Kimi Räikkönen is on top down under.

Just a Walk in the Park!

Kimi Raikkonen, Podium, Australian GP, 2013, Winner, Podium, ChampagneLotus fans around the world celebrate today, as Kimi Räikkönen takes the chequered flag, racing to victory during the first round of the FIA 2013 World Championship Formula One race in Melbourne, Australia.

A force to be reckoned with, Kimi Räikkönen proved Lotus was the team to beat during a race marked by the threat of rain, and where tyre strategy was critical in the racing game plan. With the other front runners taking 3 pit stops, Kimi was able to preserve tyre condition, docking only twice over the 58 lap Albert Park course.  From the off, the E21 showed its prowess, with a race pace that was nothing less than impressive, the fastest lap of the race 1:29.274. What marks the 20th win in his career, the former World Champion is now leading the 2013 F1® World Championship race.

Kimi Räikkönen: “Our plan was to do two stops and though its difficult in the first races to know when to stop and not go too early, we got it exactly right. The car has been very good all weekend, we were a bit disappointed qualifying 7th but with the conditions it wasn’t so easy. I  knew if I went through the first laps in a good position we should give ourselves a good chance for fighting for the podium. It turned out to be not so difficult.”

Eric Bouillier: “The best start you can ever dream of. I am very proud of our team today.”

Team mate Romain Grosjean finished 10th, securing an important point for the team. All eyes are firmly on next weekends assault where the second round of the competition takes place at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia.

Kimi Räikkönen, E21-03

Grid: P7
Race: P1
Fastest Lap: 1:29.274 [Lap 56]
Pit Stops: 2 [Lap , 9, 34]

Kimi’s 2013 World Championship challenge got off to the perfect start in Melbourne this afternoon; a sublime performance at the Albert Park circuit granting the Finn his twentieth Grand Prix victory and second for the team.

All smiles from Kimi as he collects the silverware!  He knew what he was doing!

L-R: Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director at Lotus F1 Team, Fernando Alonso (P2), Kimi Räikkönen (P1), Sebastian Vettel (P3)
Kimi Raikkonen, Podium, Australian GP, 2013, Winner
Romain Grosjean, Australian GP, 2013

Romain Grosjean, E21-01

Grid: P8
Race: P10
Fastest Lap: 1:30.395 [Lap 14]
Pit Stops: 3 [Lap 5, 19, 37]