Formula One News » Early Headlines For F1 In 2013 Posted on 26/04/2013
There really is no end to the enjoyment that various people get out of cars. For some, the process of purchasing and driving a new car is thrilling enough on its own. Others prefer to make a collectors’ hobby out of it and invest in classic cars. And, still others get more involved with their vehicles, adding customizations and enhancements to basic upkeep such as oil changes and Aviva insurance updates.
However, perhaps the biggest and best way to make a hobby out of automobiles is to follow them in a sporting context. Those of us who closely follow F1 racing, for example, know that there’s nothing quite like it in terms of preparation, competition, and of course, entertainment. With that in mind, here are a few top headlines from the early events of the 2013 F1 season.
Kimi Raikkonen Wins Australia
The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne in mid-March kicked off the F1 season for 2013, and did so in thrilling fashion. Always a very entertaining event, this year’s Grand Prix was won by Kimi Raikkonen, driving his Lotus. Raikkonen put in a very strong race to earn his 20th win overall, and his second title in Melbourne (the first was in 2007 with Ferrari). Fernando Alonso of Spain (Ferrari) finished second, with Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) rounding out the top three in the season’s first race.
Sebastian Vettel Wins Malaysia
Following up on his third place finish in Melbourne, Germany’s Sebastian Vettel took the title in Malaysia in the second Grand Prix of the season. Vettel came in narrowly ahead of Australia’s Mark Webber, and with the pair both representing Red Bull it was a strong day for the team. Britain’s Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) rounded out the top three, with Melbourne victor Raikkonen finishing with a relatively strong showing in position 7. These finishes following Australia have helped to give some shape to the early season standings.
Heading To Shanghai
While Australia represents all of the excitement of the beginning of a season, it is only one Grand Prix, and does not give a clear indication of what the standings will start to look like. However, with two major events now in the rearview, a few gaps are emerging in point totals that could be early indications of what to expect in the standings. Heading into the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 14, Vettel leads the standings with a comfortable and impressive 40 points, with Raikkonen sitting in second at 31. Beyond those two, the standings remain quite close between many drivers. Of course, it’s still very early in the season, but with Shanghai in the horizon, another strong distance by either Vettel or Raikkonen might truly begin to set the pace for F1 in 2013.