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F1: Massa out, Raikkönnen in for Ferrari

Kimi Raikkönnen will leave Lotus for Ferrari in 2014/15. It’s the second time that the finn will drive for Ferrari. He drove for them from 2007-2009. In these years he got 9 GP wins and 1 world championhsip in 2007. He then was replaced by Feranando Alonso in 2010, who’s also he’s new teammte for the next season. Yesterday evening Felipe Massa announced that he will leave Ferrari at the end of 2013, no news on his future plans yet.

Now it’s of course interesting to see who’s going to drive for Lotus, i hope it’s going to be Nico Hülkenberg, who showed great performances in the last couple of years in F1. But who will replace him at Sauber? Well most likley it’s going to be Sergey Sirotkin, who’s only 17 years old and for me not ready for an F1 full time cockpit.

I really can’t wait to see how the F1 2014 season is going to unfold, with Raikkönnen now in a team that has the money to produce a winning car.

Kimi Raikkönnen wins in Melbourne

Kimi Raikkönnen wins the Australian GP in Melbourne ahead of Alonso and Pole setter Vettel.

Raikkönnen was driving unobtrusive through the whole race.

The key for his win was the 2 stop strategy, nearly everybody was on 3 stop strategy because their tires lost more grip.

Alonso and Vettel were on a 3 stop strategy. Alonso had a better pace then Vettel, that why he could drive to 2nd.

The driver of this race was clearly Massa. I was surprised by his pace during the race, he was even faster than his teammate Alonso. Massa  had 4th postion as result.

Mercedes is fast during Quali but not in the race

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Hamilton had a good start, but started to struggle with his car and lost positions through the race- P5 was the result.

His teammate Rosberg had more bad luck. Rosberg was on 6th position till his engine gave up the ghost.

But the W04 is better than the last years car and Mercedes has a good base.

This car has much potential and i think there’s more to come.

McLaren and Williams way to slow

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Button had a difficult race with a difficult car.

He managed to bring his car into the points, in 9th, but McLaren has a lot of work to do if they want to keep up with the front runners.

Perez race ended in 11th, outside the points but still with an solid debut with McLaren.

Williams has even more problems than McLaren with their FW34.

Maldonado crashed out, not having a good start to the season.

Rookie Bottas completed his race in 14th, but the most important thing is that he managed to stay on the road.

Not a good race for Ricciardo and Webber in their home Grand Prix

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Webber started the race in 2nd place and ended it 6th position and why? Yes you have guessed right, he made an awful start and lost  a couple of places.

He was driving unobtrusive through the GP and maybe he’s last in Australia.

Ricciardo had to retire his Toro Rosso in 12th position.

Overall good start to the 2013 season

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We had many overtakes with many different drivers having a chance to win the race.

Sutil had an amazing drive in his first race after Sao Paulo 2011.

He was even leading the race for a short amount of time, but this were his very first leadkilometres in his career.

We didn’t had many incidents in this race, we didn’t even had any contact going on at the start (Grosjean learned his lesson). We had a fantastic race with three world champions on the podium.

The next race is only in one week, the Malaysian GP in Kuala Lumpur.

Result of the Rolex Australia GP in Melbourne:

1 7 K. Räikkönen Lotus 58 1:30:03.225 204,927
2 3 F. Alonso Ferrari 58 +0:12.451 +0:12.451 204,456
3 1 S. Vettel Red Bull 58 +0:22.346 +0:09.894 204,083
4 4 F. Massa Ferrari 58 +0:33.577 +0:11.232 203,661
5 10 L. Hamilton Mercedes 58 +0:45.561 +0:11.984 203,213
6 2 M. Webber Red Bull 58 +0:46.800 +0:01.239 203,167
7 15 A. Sutil Force India 58 +1:05.068 +0:18.268 202,488
8 14 P. di Resta Force India 58 +1:08.449 +0:03.381 202,363
9 5 J. Button McLaren 58 +1:21.630 +0:13.181 201,877
10 8 R. Grosjean Lotus 58 +1:22.759 +0:01.129 201,836
11 6 S. Perez McLaren 58 +1:23.367 +0:00.608 201,813
12 18 J. Vergne Toro Rosso 58 +1:23.857 +0:00.490 201,795
13 12 E. Gutierrez Sauber 57 +1 lap. +1 lap. 200,315
14 17 V. Bottas Williams 57 +1 lap. +0:07.451 200,041
15 22 J. Bianchi Marussia 57 +1 lap. +1:01.527 197,804
16 20 C. Pic Caterham 56 +2 laps. +1 lap. 197,288
17 23 M. Chilton Marussia 56 +2 laps. +0:34.359 196,045
18 21 G. van der Garde Caterham 56 +2 laps. +0:26.626 195,093

Qualifying delayed till tomorrow

The Qualifying in Melbourne was full of thrills and spills, delay after a delay and super slow motions from marshals brushing the water of with a broom.

After an 30 min delay, Q1 was getting under way.

But the first drivers struggled already. Hamilton had no grip with his Mercedes.

He spun out after turn 2 and damaged his rear wing. The Caterham lads, Van Der Garde and Pic destroyed both their frontwings.

Massa crashed heavily later in turn 14, Gutierrez also crashed there later at the exact same place- result for both: no front wing.

Webber, Maldonado, Perez and Di Resta were caught out by the rain but managed to not damage their cars.

Vergne was very fast and very consistent, but Rosberg was setting the fastest time.

Then Q1 was over and we were heading towards Q2, but after nearly 40 min of delay, the race stewards confirmed that they will delay Qualifying till tomorrow at 11:00 am.

The drivers that are out after Q1:

17. Pastor Maldonado (Williams)

18. Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber)

19. Jules Bianchi (Marussia)

20. Max Chilton  (Marussia)

21.  Giedo van der Garde  (Caterham)

22. Charles Pic  (Caterham)

Ferrari presents the F138 Formula 1 car in Maranello

Ferrari has presented its F138, the car with which the Italian squad hopes to return to championship glory in the 2013 Formula 1 season.

The car, whose name is a combination of the current year and a tribute to the V8 engines that will be used for the last time this season, is the 59th grand prix single-seater produced by the Maranello-based squad.

The F138 has been developed in the Toyota windtunnel in Cologne following Ferrari’s decision to shut down its own unit in order to upgrade it.

Ferrari described the F138 as an ‘evolution’ of the F2012, with pullrod suspension retained at the front and rear.

It has however made changes at the rear of the car to allow the exhaust layout to be changed. The air intake above the cockpit and the sidepod intakes have also been revised to boost the car’s aerodynamics.

The car is the product of two distinct design groups: one group working on the F138, the other on the team’s 2014 car.

Ferrari is seeking to hit the ground running with its new car after a dismal performance by its predecessor when it made its testing debut last year.

Despite that, the historic Italian outfit managed to stay in the championship fight until the end of the year, with Spaniard Fernando Alonso losing out to Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel in the final race of the season in Brazil.

“The key objective that we must have is of immediately delivering a competitive car to our drivers,” team boss Stefano Domenicali acknowledged.

“Unfortunately in recent years we have at the beginning of the winter unfortunately not been able to be right on top of what we are doing.

“We have tried to look at our organisation to be much more effective in the preparations over the coming week.”

Two-time world champion Alonso will be partnered by Felipe Massa again this year after the Brazilian secured a one-year contract extension thanks to his resurgence in the second half of the season.

Massa will be tasked with driving the F138 for the first time next Tuesday at Jerez.

Credits: Autosport.com