ROUND 4 - Bahrain 19-21 April 2013
Circuit Length: 5.412 Km
Lap Record: 1:31.447 = 213.054 km/h (see below)
1st: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), 1hr 36m 26.945s (av. race speed 189.778 km/h)
2nd: Kimi Raïkkönen (Lotus Renault), gap: 10.168s
3rd: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), gap: 12.322s
Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault), 1:36.808 = 202.706 km/h on lap 53
Pole Position: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 1:34.484 = 207.692 km/h
For Formula 1 fans with long memories, Sepang 2013 was a chilling throwback to events in 1982 when the controversial subject of ‘team orders’ was at the heart of one of the sport’s most deeply-felt tragedies.
We’ll get to that shortly, but in case you’re wondering, ‘team orders’ are not new: they’ve been around ever since the World Championship began back in the Fifties, and at first they were a pretty straightforward element of the racing scene.
1st: Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull)
2nd: Mark Webber (Infiniti Red Bull), gap: 12.451s
3rd: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), gap: 22.346s
Fastest Lap: Sergio Pérez (McLaren Mercedes), 1:39.199 = 201.159 km/h on lap 56
Pole Position: Sebastian Vettel (Infiniti Red Bull) 1:49.674 = 181.946 km/h
Circuit Length: 5.543 Km
Lap Record: 1:34.223 = 211.782 km/h - J. Montoya (Williams BMW) 2004
Melbourne, post-race press conference: a questioner asks Sebastian Vettel if he has seen the weather forecast for Sepang, where apparently it is going to rain on Friday… and Saturday… and Sunday: will this affect his strategy? “Have you been to Malaysia?” Seb retorts. “It rains every day there!”
1st: Kimi Raïkkönen (Lotus Renault) Total time: 1hr 30m 03.225s
2nd: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) gap: 12.451s
3rd: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault) gap: 22.346s
Kimi Raïkkönen (Lotus Renault), 1:29.274 = 213.845 km/h on lap 56
Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Renault) 1:27.407 = 218.412 km/h
Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Qantas had a lot of fun in the lead up to 2013 Rolex Australian Grand Prix. The IRBR Showcar and crew flew to Australia with our official airline Qantas and #3 driver Sebastien Buemi hit the tarmac with some Showcar fancy work. Seb and the team met the camera crew at Qantas' Avalon Maintenance facility and made his mark on Melbourne.
The 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen upset all pre-season predictions on Sunday when he produced one of the finest drives of his Formula One career to win an enthralling Rolex Australian Grand Prix.
The 33-year-old Finn, driving his Renault-powered Lotus with elan and precision, needed only two pit stops as he raced from seventh on the starting grid to his 20th victory in a contest that featured six different race leaders and 10 changes of leadership.