The F1 season is back and off to a pretty good start, three of the last six races in Australia have now been won from pole position, and four from the front row. Räikkönen however won from 7th on the grid, the last time anyone won from further back in Australia was Coulthard in 2003, Kimi’s teammate at the time.
Hülkenberg’s Australian GP misery continues, he still hasn’t completed a race lap around the circuit. In both 2010 and 2012 he retired after first lap collisions and this year didn’t even make it to the grid because of a car failure. Maldonado has a similar curse at Australia, retiring in 2011 with a car failure, crashing on the penultimate lap in 2012 and today slid into the gravel and beached the car.
Kimi Räikkönen’s win today has taken him up to 20 wins overall, level with fellow Finnish legend Mika Häkkinen, who was at the circuit today. It was also Räikkönen’s 70th podium, the 5th most podiums in F1 history, behind only Alonso of the current drivers. The win brings the Enstone team up to 49 overall and the 75th win for a Lotus branded car in F1, even though they are a completely different team.
Usually now I’d say some stuff about the championship, but it is only Australia and a tad too early so I won’t really bother. At the moment Ferrari lead the Constructors’, with Lotus second and Red Bull third, by the end of the season I’m thinking it will be Red Bull, Ferrari, Lotus, Mercedes, I could be wrong.
This is a little shorter than usual, but it’s hard to write about stats after a single race, will be better after each race and the Malaysian pre-race stats should be posted by Tuesday or Wednesday.