Kimi Raikkonen has the right Formula in F-1 win

Kimi Raikkonen (left) of Finland, Fernando Alonso (middle) of Spain and Sebastian Vettel of Germany...

Kimi Raikkonen (left) of Finland, Fernando Alonso (middle) of Spain and Sebastian Vettel of Germany spray champagne after the Australian F-1 Grand Prix in Melbourne. Raikkonen won the race — the first of the season — with Alonso finishing in second and Vettel in third. (REUTERS)

DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:18 AM ET

Two things made Kimi Raikkonen a winner in Sunday’s season opening Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix: Tire management and a two-stop race strategy by the Lotus Renault team.

Raikkonen, making his second visit to the top step of the podium since his return to F-1 last season, dominated the final stint at Albert Park finishing 12.451 seconds in front of Fernando Alonso, whose Ferrari team opted to pit three times for fresh tires.

Three-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel finished third after his Red Bull team also pitted three times.


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