Formula One: The 2013 season so far

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 12:30

Shanghai: The 2013 Formula One season so far, ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday

Australian Grand Prix - March 17

Kimi Raikkonen upstaged the established order to claim a resounding victory for Lotus in the season-opener in Melbourne.

The taciturn Finn roared off from seventh on the starting grid and employed only a two-stop strategy to take the race from Ferrari`s Fernando Alonso and Red Bull world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Alonso`s team-mate Felipe Massa of Brazil was fourth with Lewis Hamilton, making his Mercedes debut after his high-profile defection from McLaren, fifth. Vettel`s team-mate Mark Webber came home in sixth.

Standings: Raikkonen 25 pts, Alonso 18, Vettel 15

Malaysian Grand Prix - March 24

Vettel incensed Webber and ignited a team orders row as he ignored Red Bull`s strict instructions and pulled off a risky overtaking move to snatch victory.

The German ace went wheel-to-wheel with Webber late in the race, earning a stern rebuke from team principal Christian Horner, before emerging in front and taking his 27th win, putting him on top of the early championship standings.

Third-placed Hamilton`s first podium for Mercedes was also tainted after team orders reining in team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Massa finished fifth, stealing the limelight from Alonso after the two-time world champion went out on the second lap with a collapsed front wing.

But the race was dominated by the controversy involving Red Bull`s Vettel and Webber, who argued after the race and stood stony-faced on the podium.

Standings: Vettel 40, Raikkonen 31, Webber 26

AFP




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I`ve always said the person who wins the world championship this year is the person who does the best job on the circuit, but that does not seem the way it is at the moment.

Jenson Button