Reviewing the F1 season so far

Jul 30, 2013, 00:47 IST | A Correspondent

As Formula One heads into its European summer break after 10 races, MiD DAY looks at how the season has panned out

Australian GP (March 17)
Kimi Raikkonen upstaged the established order to claim a resounding victory for Lotus in the season-opener in Melbourne. The Finn roared off from seventh on the grid and employed only a two-stop strategy to win from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and World Champion Sebastian Vettel. Alonso’s teammate Felipe Massa was fourth with Lewis Hamilton, making his Mercedes debut after his high-profile defection from McLaren, fifth.
> Standings: Raikkonen 25 pts, Alonso 18, Vettel 15
> Force India: Paul Di Resta: 8th, Adrian Sutil: 7th 

Sebastian Vettel

Malaysian GP (March 24)
Vettel incensed Webber and ignited a team orders row as he ignored Red Bull’s strict instructions and pulled off a risky overtaking move to snatch
victory. The German ace went wheel-to-wheel with Webber late in the race, earning a stern rebuke from team principal Christian Horner, before emerging in front and taking his 27th win, putting him on top of the early championship standings. Third-placed Hamilton’s first podium for Mercedes was also tainted after team orders reining in teammate Nico Rosberg.
> Standings: Vettel 40, Raikkonen 31, Webber 26
> Force India:  Paul Di Resta: Retired,  Adrian Sutil: Retired

Chinese GP (April 14)
Alonso stormed back after failing to finish in Malaysia to open his 2013 account ahead of Raikkonen and pole-sitter Hamilton. Vettel, who had set off from ninth on the grid, finished fourth.
> Standings:  Vettel 52, Raikkonen 49, Alonso 42
> Force India:  Paul Di Resta: 8th, Adrian Sutil: Retired

Bahrain GP (April 21)
Vettel extended his lead in this year’s title race when he claimed an impressive victory for Red Bull in an incident-filled Bahrain Grand Prix. It was the 25-year-old’s second win in four races and the 28th of his career. It saw him pass Jackie Stewart into sixth in the all-time Grand Prix winning list. Starting second, Vettel took the lead on lap three and then controlled the 57-lap race as he came home 9.1 seconds clear of Raikkonen. Frenchman Romain Grosjean finished third in the second Lotus, as the Renault-powered team made the best of excellent tyre conservation.
> Standings:  Vettel 77, Raikkonen 67, Hamilton 50
> Force India:  Paul Di Resta: 4th, Adrian Sutil: 13th

Spanish GP (May 12)
Alonso thrilled his massive home crowd with a dominant victory for Ferrari in a tactical race in which management of Pirelli’s ultra-quick wearing tyres was essential. The Spaniard’s second win of the season endorsed his challenge for a third title. Raikkonen took second with the other Ferrari driven by Massa in third, Vettel fourth and Mercedes pole-sitter Rosberg only sixth.
> Standings: Vettel 89, Raikkonen 85,  Alonso 72
> Force India:  Paul Di Resta: 7th, Adrian Sutil: 13th

Monaco GP (May 26)
Rosberg became the first son of a former Monaco Grand Prix winner to triumph on the streets of the Mediterranean principality when he drove his Mercedes to an accomplished victory. In a chaotic race littered with accidents, a red flag and two Safety Car interventions, the 27-year-old German, son of 1983 victor and original ‘flying Finn’ Keke Rosberg, produced an impeccable and flawless race to claim the second win of his career. He came home ahead of second placed Vettel and Webber, with Hamilton fourth.
> Standings:  Vettel 107, Raikkonen 86, Alonso 78
> Force India:  Paul Di Resta: 9th,  Adrian Sutil: 5th

Canadian GP (June 9)
Vettel claimed the 29th victory of his career with his and Red Bull’s first win at the Canadian Grand Prix. Starting from his third consecutive pole at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the defending triple world champion came home in unchallenged fashion at the end of a serene display of dominant driving from the front. Alonso fought from sixth on the grid to take second with Hamilton third.
> Standings:  Vettel 132, Alonso 96, Raikkonen 88
> Force India:  Paul Di Resta: 7th,  Adrian Sutil: 10th

British GP (June 30)
Nico Rosberg won, but his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton took as many plaudits when he recovered from a massive tyre explosion to finish fourth in a thrilling renewal at Silverstone. In a race marred by four tyre failures, Hamilton lost the lead before fighting back from last place. Rosberg survived huge late pressure from retirement-bound Australian Mark Webber of Red Bull to claim his second win of the season. Alonso took third.
> Standings:  Vettel 132, Alonso 111, Raikkonen 98
> Force India:  Paul Di Resta: 9th,  Adrian Sutil: 7th

German GP (July 6)
Vettel finally won on home soil and also extended his lead in the world championship to 34 points over Fernando Alonso. Starting from second place on the grid, Vettel was pushed all the way before easing his Red Bull home ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and his Lotus teammate Romain Grosjean. It was the German’s fourth win of the season and the 30th of his career
> Standings:  Vettel 157, Alonso 123, Raikkonen 116
> Force India:  Paul Di Resta: 11th,  Adrian Sutil: 13th

Hungarian GP (July 28)
Lewis Hamilton ended weeks of frustration by winning his first race for Mercedes at the Hungarian GP. The 28-year-old Briton led from pole position to the chequered flag, apart from three short spells for pit-stops.
> Standings:  Vettel 172, Raikkonen 134,  Alonso 133
> Force India: Paul Di Resta: Retired,  Adrian Sutil: Retired 

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