First blood to the Iceman. In a weekend that was nothing but delay after to delay on Saturday, it was the fact that Kimi Raikonen stole a march by pitting one stop less that nabbed him the first win of 2013.
The way he managed to make the self-destructive 2013 Pirellis work for the Lotus E21 was staggering – magnified by the fact that his, and the race’s, fastest lap of the afternoon was set on a set of tyres that had already gone 27 laps. No-one else went anywhere near that kind of pace on rubber that old.
Was it down to the Lotus? Not really, as Romain Grosjean had a rather invisible afternoon at the wrong end of the top ten, so there was a lot of the Finn’s skill involved, just like it was in the early laps while he harrassed Lewis Hamilton before passing him. The mixture of pace and class was breathtaking to watch.
It may ne a bit early for title talk, but if the Lotus is this good on it’s tyres in warmer climates and Kimi keeps up this form, you may never know.