The 2013 Formula One (F1) season is 19 races long that will involve many twist and turns as some teams get the handle on their cars while others do not. Still, the 2013 opener at Melbourne was somewhat of a surprise for most as Kimi Raikkonen won handily in his Renault-powered Lotus (source: Belfast Telegraph). What does this tell us for the rest of the season?
For starters, prognostications are just that, predictions prognosticated on a likely future – but, likely isn’t factual and Kimi showed us that at the Australian Grand Prix. A top five finish for Raikkonen’s Lotus was the best most would have predicted.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel dominated practice and qualifying with his cohort, Mark Webber right behind him. Mercedes looked strong with the Ferraris and McLarens figuring behind them. Where was Lotus? The boys from Enstone appeared a tick behind the leaders. However, that’s why they race. It may have affected how some teams performed but normal qualifying was rained out so the drivers had to qualify early Sunday morning.
Here’s a list of the top five teams (Constructors) – okay, make it six with a surprise – as to what may or may not have been learned from the first event of the F1 season in Australia.
Additional source: Formula One