Lotus fans around the world celebrated 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, and the 81st for the Lotus name in F1® 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.
2 Replies to “First race, first win, Kimi Räikkönen is on top down under”
I don’t know about all you F1-fans out there, but I’m wondering if a race viewing party is of interest to you. Personally, I prefer watching qualifying and the race with a group of like-minded people. I’m not aware of any established race watching club dates, but would definitely be open to it. Realizing that most races are being held either late or very early in our time zone, I wouldn’t mind to watch a recorded race at a more convenient time with some of you guys. What are your thoughts?
Some of do watch races with the San Francisco Formula 1 group both live and recorded (based on timings). You can find more about their viewing parties at https://www.facebook.com/SFFormula1