After what seemed like an eternity, Formula One finally resumed over the weekend. All the speculation, rumors, and storylines all came to a head as F1 returned to Australia to kick off the 2013 season. Even though most of the “silly season” was about who would end up where and why certain decisions were made, the common denominator amongst all the talk was that those who showed speed last season would be even faster this year.
That prediction turned out to be true as all the top guys were super quick around Melbourne but it looked like Sebastian Vettel was going to be fastest as he put on a pretty strong qualifying performance and captured pole position. Mark Webber completed a Red Bull lock out of the front row by qualifying second and Lewis Hamilton with his new Mercedes GP team took third spot.
However on Sunday Vettel, Webber, and Hamilton all struggled with tire durability issues. The two Ferraris and Kimi Raikkonen all capitalized on those struggles and inserted themselves into the fight at the front. In the end it was “The Iceman” Kimi Raikkonen who captured the first win of the season while Fernando Alonso grabbed second place and Sebastian Vettel nabbed third.
Kimi’s victory could be a sign of things to come as he has consistently gotten faster since his return to F1. We will have to wait until next week at Malaysia to see if Kimi can keep the momentum going or if Fernando, Sebastian, or Hamilton will make themselves a bigger part of the 2013 fight.
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