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The 2013 Formula 1 season so far

It's been only four races, but the championship list of contenders starts is being reduced with each race.
Thursday, May 9, 2013

BARCELONA, May 09, 2013 (AFP) - The 2013 Formula One season so far, ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday:

Australian Grand Prix - 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 Red Bull world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Alonso's team-mate Felipe Massa of Brazil 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

Malaysian Grand Prix - 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 team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Standings: Vettel 40, Raikkonen 31, Webber 26

Chinese Grand Prix - 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.

Kimi Raikkonen kept his starting position of second intact and Hamilton lost two places from 'pole' as Mercedes has a hard time replicating qualifying performance in race trim. Vettel finsihed 4th after starting 9th and we with that the championship stayed with him. 

Standings: Vettel 52, Raikkonen 49, Alonso 42

Bahrain Grand Prix - 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 

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Drivers
Teams
1 Lewis Hamilton 384
2 Nico Rosberg 317
3 Daniel Ricciardo 238
4 Valtteri Bottas 186
5 Sebastian Vettel 167
6 Fernando Alonso 159
1 Mercedes 701
2 Red Bull Racing 405
3 Williams F1 320
4 Ferrari 214
5 McLaren 187
6 Sahara Force India 152

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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Yas Island, Yas Marina Circuit
1
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
2
Felipe Massa
Williams F1
3
Valtteri Bottas
Williams F1
Fastest Lap

Daniel Ricciardo
1'44.496s

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