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Kimi Raikkonen takes season opener

Updated: March 17, 2013, 8:25 AM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Kimi Raikkonen won Formula One's season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, jump-starting Lotus' bid to challenge the series' bigger teams for the 2013 championship.

Raikkonen took the lead for good on lap 43 of 58 in a race that had seven different leaders, and had the luxury of driving conservatively in the closing laps while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel scrambled in vain to keep up.

The Finn needed only two pit stops ...

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