Formula One: The 2013 season so far



Formula One: The 2013 season so farShanghai: 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