The first race of the 64th Formula One Championship took off in Melbourne,Australia on Sunday. Kimi Raikkonen came from 7th place on the grid and finished first for Lotus. Alonso finished second for Ferrari and Vettel took third place for Red Bull Racing.
Finland’s ‘The Ice Man’ rode to victory on a two stop strategy and finished 12.4 seconds ahead of Alonso, the man who replaced him at Ferrari at the end of the 2009 season. Vettel lead the race from the pole but a slight lapse in Red Bulls strategy planning and choice of tires, saw him lose some of his pace.
A light shower added to the drama, a few fierce battles and over taking maneuvers took place. Seven people led the the race at one stage or the other. The outcome of the race was little uncertain till lap 43 where Raikkonen took the lead once again and went strong till the checkered flag.
Force India’s Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta finished at 7th and 8th places respectively. I’m very hopeful and have my fingers crossed for Force India. They aren’t doing too bad, but hope to see them a little higher up on the position standings. Lewis Hamilton did reasonably well, he finished fifth for his first race with the Mercedes team. Jenson Button isn’t pleased with his 9th place, he doesn’t quite see things working out for him with his cars current set-up.