Kimi Raikkonen is the surprise world championship leader, after winning the season-opening Australian grand prix at the wheel of the fast and tyre-friendly Lotus. Coming in behind the Finn, Ferrari'...

Kimi Raikkonen is the surprise world championship leader, after winning the season-opening Australian grand prix at the wheel of the fast and tyre-friendly Lotus.

Coming in behind the Finn, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso described the Melbourne result as "fantastic", particularly as he beat pole-sitter and traditional rival Sebastian Vettel, who many thought would be unbeatable on Sunday.

"I wonder if anybody out there had money on a Lotus winning, a Ferrari second and a Red Bull in third?" wondered former F1 driver turned BBC commentator David Coulthard.

Vettel said on the podium: "The first few laps were ok but then the tyres started to fall apart.

"Lotus and Ferrari had incredible pace and we were third quickest."

Spaniard Alonso admitted it is a "worry" that Raikkonen's Lotus coped better with the high degradation of the new Pirelli tyres -- of the top six finishers, only the Finn was able to make just two pitstops.

Alonso said: "We only have five days to prepare for the next race (Malaysia) but we will again be a tough opponent."

 

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 58 1:30:03.225 7 25
2 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 58 +12.4 secs 5 18
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 58 +22.3 secs 1 15
4 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 58 +33.5 secs 4 12
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 58 +45.5 secs 3 10
6 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 58 +46.8 secs 2 8
7 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 58 +65.0 secs 12 6
8 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 58 +68.4 secs 9 4
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 58 +81.6 secs 10 2
10 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 58 +82.7 secs 8 1
11 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 58 +83.3 secs 15  
12 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 58 +83.8 secs 13  
13 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 18  
14 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 57 +1 Lap 16  
15 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 19  
16 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 56 +2 Laps 22  
17 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 56 +2 Laps 20  
18 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 56 +2 Laps 21  
Ret 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 39 Exhaust 14  
Ret 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 26 Electrical 6  
Ret 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 24 Spin 17  
Ret 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 0 Fuel System 11  

Note - Pic failed to meet 107% requirement. Raced at stewards' discretion.

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