Raikkonen draws first blood

Kimi Raikkonen with his Lotus has clinched victory in the opening race of the Formula 1. It was his 20th Grand Prix victory. He was on a well planned two stop strategy and started from seventh position. The Finnish driver also sets the fastest time in Penultimate lap at 1:29.274.

Starting from pole position, Vettel kept the lead, but Mark Webber fell from second to seventh place. Felipe Massa had shown excellent start and came from fourth to second place, and his team-mate Fernando Alonso from fifth to third. The top ten drivers started on the super soft rubber composition, which maintained good pace quite a few rounds, so the first pit stops began early at the sixth round. When all the drivers in front made into the pits, Force India pilot Adrian Sutil lead the race after starting from 12th place. Moreover, he maintains a respectable pace and distance from the Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes. During this time Hamilton was second, while Nico Rosberg was third.

Nico Rosberg retired from race at twenty seven round due to technical problem. At one point it seemed that Adrian Sutil will create a sensation. The team had planned a two stop strategy but at the second pit stop he had to change his tyres which cost him his lead position and finally finished at seventh.

Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes finished fifth ahead of Mark Webber who series of disappointment continues at his home circuit. Romain Grosjean finished tenth ahead of Sergio Perez in Mclaren. Kimi leads the championship with 25 points, followed by Fernando Alonso at 18 points, Sebastian Vettel at 15 points and Felipe Massa with promising 12 points. Ferrari lead the constructors championship with 30 points, followed by Lotus at 26 points, Red Bull with 23 points, Mercedes 10 points and Force India at fifth position with 10 points. Iceman also stated that this was a easy victory for him.

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