2013 Australian Grand Prix result

2013 Australian Grand Prix

Posted on

| Written by

17Kimi RaikkonenLotus-Renault58
23Fernando AlonsoFerrari5812.45112.451
31Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault5822.3469.895
44Felipe MassaFerrari5833.57711.231
510Lewis HamiltonMercedes5845.56111.984
62Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault5846.8001.239
715Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes5865.06818.268
814Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes5868.4493.381
95Jenson ButtonMcLaren5881.63013.181
108Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault5882.7591.129
116Sergio PerezMcLaren5883.3670.608
1218Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Ferrari5883.8570.490
1312Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari571 lap1 lap
1417Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault571 lap7.451
1522Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth571 lap61.527
1620Charles PicCaterham-Renault562 laps1 lap
1723Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth562 laps34.359
1821Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault562 laps26.626
Not classified
19Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso-Ferrari3919 laps17 lapsExhaust
9Nico RosbergMercedes2632 laps13 lapsElectrics
16Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault2434 laps2 lapsAccident
11Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari058 laps24 lapsDid not start

2013 Australian Grand Prix

    Browse all 2013 Australian Grand Prix articles

    Author information

    Keith Collantine
    Lifelong motor sport fan Keith set up RaceFans in 2005 - when it was originally called F1 Fanatic. Having previously worked as a motoring...

    Got a potential story, tip or enquiry? Find out more about RaceFans and contact us here.

    47 comments on “2013 Australian Grand Prix result”

    1. Red Bull were going to dominate, they said…. 2013 was going to be another 2011…. they said.

      1. so they said :-)

        So far it doesn’t look like it, does it?

      2. They said? Please, that’s simply too rich. For the last 24H, you have been playing the role of the chief doomsday prophet on autosport forums. So… just leave it. It was the first race of the season on a cold and damp track and the results are what they are. Congratz to all 3 guys on the podium, the race was quite interesting.

      3. @kingshark

        Mate this year is our year…Ferrari are going to dominate
        Wind tunnel and correlation are ok this year.

      4. They didn’t win the Australian race previously either, and still won the WDC. So its a bit early to declare who’s where.

      5. Oh really? I must have missed my subscription to their newsletter

      6. kingshark commented on the post, 2013 Australian Grand Prix grid 11 hours, 47 minutes ago

        Crap, the Red Bull even more dominant now than in 2011.

    2. Great result for Raikkonen and Lotus! Well done!
      Mercedes and Hamilton will be happy with 5th.

      Vettel shouldn’t be too disappointed with 3rd, and we fans should be glad it got a bit mixed up at the front!

    3. yewwww Raikonen :D o happy and good on sutil and massa

    4. Absolutely gutted about how Ferrari DESTROYED Massa’s race.

      1. I saw it as Massa making the wrong call. Alonso’s side of the garage saw a bit further ahead and got the jump on Massa’s side of the garage and Vettel’s RBR’s team.

        1. Alonso always gets the favorable strategy and first call. That’s how it seems to work at Ferrari.

          1. Thats not how it works early in the year. They only select a #1 driver when one has a large points lead over the other.

            Ferrari dont have a central strategy caller, who makes calls for both sides. They have two teams within a team who make calls for their own driver. It was simply a matter of Massa’s side of the garage being worse.

            1. Sure, keep believing that. Ferrari is clearly not interested in giving both guys equal chances, they know their best bet is on Alonso for the championship and they are supporting him to reach that goal.

            2. @bascb

              History has shown that they favor the driver with the most points. For example, they gave Massa priority in 2008 when he was performing better than Kimi.

              Ferrari have in the past always given equal treatment at the start of the year because they have no idea which driver is on form. As we have seen, even quick drivers like Kimi can have off years. There’s no reason why Ferrari would place all their bets on Alonso this early, when they have no idea yet if he is the faster of the two in the new car.

              Anyways, if telling yourself that Alonso is already given priority makes you feel better, then keep believing it!

            3. Ferrari have in the past always given equal treatment at the start of the year because they have no idea which driver is on form

              – that is what they claimed, yes.
              But just as McLaren claims treating their drivers equally has in reality been far from the truth on several occasions, what was true in 2008 does not have to be true of 2013 (or 2011 and 2012).
              Why is there no reason Ferrari would place their bets with Alonso, when he clearly works best when he knows his team is fully behind him to do that,and he has proven that he can achieve just that if they give them a halfway good car to do it with?
              After Massa’s form in the last 3 years, its hardly surprising the team does not expect him to be a consistent contender after all.

          2. At the first pit stops, Massa was called in first. He got this advantage because of leading before Alonso. Later in the race Alonso (or one of his race-engineers) called for an early stop because his current strategy would not lead to anything good.

            The most awkward moment was when Massa asked: ‘What do we do now’. He really doesn’t have a feeling for race-strategies. He’s just a racer.

        2. Absolute Tosh. There is only 1 Team Boss – he saw to it Alonso was on the favourable strategy!! If Alonso wins the title this year I won’t be pleased for him. He’s still the same old WHINGER!!

    5. Good points for Ferrari, Lotus, and Red Bull!

    6. great race….happy for Hamilton!…I’m in malaysia right now waiting for them to come over and can see a lot o the local Petronas Fans are happy for Hammy’s 5th Place…

    7. So glad that ferarri finally has got the pace to compete with red bull and the other fast cars. And nicely done by hamilton with his new car. The competition is still very open since this is the first race. May the best racer win (y)

    8. I hope there isn’t a penalty for all of Lotus because the floors of their cars must be so beaten up after that race. They seemed awfully low even after fuel loads were spent….. *sparks everywhere*

      Otherwise, job well done, and I am excited what is to come for Lotus and Ferrari this season! Go Kimi! Go Alonso!

      1. They normally have a tiny bit of metal under the car which makes sparks but does not really degrade. The driver feels it though!

    9. I like how Alonso said “we had traffic with Sebastian and Felipe in the beginning”. hehehe

    10. Quite pleased with the result. Was worried Red Bull were going to have it all their way, but thankfully the Lotus & Ferrari are pretty quick, even if they’re not so good on the one lap pace. Mercedes still seem to be having trouble getting the tires switched on: they’re not suffering too much on the degradation front, but they just don’t have the lap times to match early on in the stints. That said, I’m sure they’ll be happy with 5th. It’s better than I thought they would’ve had. Shame about Rosberg’s DNF though. Good performance from Force India as well. Kudos to Sutil for such a strong drive.

    11. Great. I’m really happy this race wasn’t straightforward for Red Bull. Very interesting strategies and driving.

    12. Quite pleased with how Massa, Sutil and Di Resta performed, to be honest. They are the only guys that I would have expected to finish lower in the top 10 (or out of it).

      Sauber, Williams and Torro Rosso (and even McLaren, I dare to say) have some serious catching up to do, even compared to Force India.

      Except for McLaren’s showing and Webber’s start, the biggest disappointment has to be Grosjean. Way too far behind his team mate. “Best rookie” should be handed to Bianchi this weekend, without a doubt.

      1. Yup. Grosjean was really disappointing.

        1. Hm?? He didn’t crash into ANYONE, so performed well above my expectations…. ;)

      2. Just take in account for Grosjean that he got a lot of new bits on the car only on saturday morning. That left him with 2 dry laps on track to try and find a good setup with parts he was unfamiliar with.

        And I would say that its a positive to see that a) he did not crash and b) he did make some good moves to at least get a point in.

    13. So it appears that normal service has resumed at Ferrari – firmly shafting Massa for the benefit of Alonso.

      If I was Massa I would be FUMING!

      1. You clearly dont understand how decisions are made regarding strategy. Each side of the garage makes their own decisions and when one wants to pit, they ask if the other side is expecting to pit on the same lap. If they both want to pit on the same lap, then the lead car gets priority.

        As you would have seen, Alonoso’s side of the garage was risky in how they came in extra early, catching both Vettel and Massa off guard.

        If Massa’s side of the garage had been more on it, they could have done what Alonso had done, leaving Alonso out a lap longer. But they never.

      2. Basically Ferrari did a Lotus like performance from last year.

        They should just kept him out and told him to watch tyres as Kimi. But I would imagine Massa’s tyres were in trouble due to he was in dirty air for long. Notice how Kimi on purpose did not follow any one closely.

        1. They should have pitted Massa at the same time Vettel went in, instead of leaving him out for another lap.

          1. The radio message from Massa’s race engineer sort of gave the impression that they thought he would be a lot faster once in clean air, which obviously turned out not to be the case. I dont think they planned to pit so early, but did in reaction to the move pulled by Alonso’s engineering team.

    14. Very happy for Kimi, I always like to see him win. Happy for the state of competitiveness in F1. Different strategies on different tracks will suit different teams, cars and drivers. No one car has a monopoly advantage on aero, straight line speed and tire management all together. This will be another interesting season. At least 5 teams have a legitimate chance to win races this season – Lotus, Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes and Force India. McLaren, Williams and Sauber must step up their development to be able to win podiums, let alone a race. Most disappointing performance by a driver this weekend – Pastor Maldonado. Beaten by his rookie teammate in qualifying and the race. Overall, great race, would like to see more like this one.

    15. What happened to Hulkenberg? I heard that he was starting from the pitlane, but I’ve never seen him during the race. When I checked he was already retired.

      1. Never started, Car was not ready.

      2. I’m pretty sure I saw him on the live timing as coming out of the pits for one lap after the start. Didn’t see actual images of his car or anything but…

        1. I dont think so. When the drivers were on the grid, Hulk was walking around casually in the paddock wearing normal jeans and a tshirt. As far as I know, they announced before the race begun that he would not be taking part.

          1. Oh, ok. Must have been a glitch or my poor morning-vision then.

      3. Sauber found an issue with the fuel system. Something leaking. So they had to disassemble the car and just were not able to get it back together soon enough without rising a haste job – making it unsafe, so they decided it just would not be possible to race the car.

        Ted Kravitz showed the car about 15 minutes before the race, with no FW on and the complete engine, gearbox and rear end of the car taken apart.

    16. If your name is Nico, I wouldn’t be buying a lottery ticket anytime soon.

      1. maybe the bad luck is behind them now?

    17. I know fastest laps aren’t as significant as they used to be, but I’m impressed by Bianchi’s 1:30.454. Puts him 11th in the fastest lap ranking today – 1.756s quicker than Chilton and only 0.045s behind Vettel! Great debut for the French driver.

    18. An interesting race. Maldonado was put to shame and Bianchi is a superstar in the making!

    19. Grosjean should be worried…

    Comments are closed.