TIMELINE: The 2013 Australian Grand Prix as it happened

Pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel leads the field to Turn 1

Pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel leads the field to Turn 1

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We’re moments away from the start of the warm-up lap for the season-opening Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Albert Park #F1

Vettel to start from pole ahead of Webber, Hamilton, Massa, Alonso, Rosberg, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Di Resta, Button #F1

Hulkenberg will not take the start after a fuel system issue on his Force India. The 11th place grid spot will be left vaccant #F1

Warm-up lap now underway. The track is dry by the sky looks threatening and some rain is predicted #F1

Vettel leads Massa, Alonso, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Rosberg and Webber after a poor start for the Australian #F1

Vettel has galloped away to a two second lead over Massa at the end of Lap 1 #F1

It was also a tough opening lap for Ricciardo, who runs 20th on the medium compound tyre #F1

Massa reduced the gap to Vettel back to 1.8s on Lap 2 as Raikkonen takes fourth from Hamilton #F1

Rear graining is already evident on some of the super soft tyres up the front #F1

Replay of Webber’s start reveals a lot of clutch slip on the Red Bull. He didn’t appear to have KERS, either #F1

Button has made a pitstop at the end of Lap 4 and rejoins on the medium compound #F1

Webber pits from seventh at the end of Lap 5 for the medium compound. Grosjean and Gutierrez also in #F1

Ricciardo has moved by Chilton and van der Garde to run 14th #F1

Vettel, Massa and Alonso are running nose-to-tail. The Red Bull seems harder on its tyres that the Ferraris  #F1

Vettel pits from the lead at the end of Lap 7. Massa leads Alonso and Raikkonen #F1

Massa pits from the lead at the end of Lap 8. He rejoins behind Vettel #F1

Raikkonen has now caught the back of Alonso. Both pit at the end of Lap 9 #F1

Order after rejoins is the same as before. Vettel, Massa, Alonso, Raikkonen. Margins now significantly bigger, however #F1

Hamilton, Rosberg, Sutil, Perez, Maldonado and Ricciardo are yet to pit. The two Mercs are on the super soft, the rest on the mediums #F1

Vettel and Massa are between 1 and 1.5s per lap faster than the two Mercedes entries at the moment as the different tyre strategies play out

Hamilton pits at the end of Lap 13. Rosberg now leads. Hamilton rejoins ninth #F1

Rosberg pits at the end of Lap 14. He rejoins ahead of Button in ninth #F1

Order on Lap 15: Sutil (yet to pit), Vettel, Massa, Alonso, Raikkonen, Perez, Hamilton, Ricciardo (yet to pit), Rosberg, Button #F1

Ricciardo pits on Lap 15, moving Webber into 10th #F1

Vettel, Massa and Alonso are nose-to-tail with the Red Bull tucked in behind Sutil’s Force India #F1

Sutil’s presence is helping the Mercedes entries close in. Seventh-placed Rosberg took 1.4s out of the leaders last time by #F1

Webber pits for a second time on Lap 18 #F1

Grosjean is also in for a second stop. Sutil is still leading and far enough ahead of Vettel to be out of the DRS zone #F1

Alonso takes his second set of mediums at the end of Lap 20. Could be a big undercut if the warm-up is good enough #F1

Sutil and Vettel both pit at the end of Lap 21 #F1

Alonso makes the undercut work on Massa, Vettel and Sutil #F1

Massa now pits on Lap 23. He rejoins behind Alonso, Vettel and Sutil. Raikkonen leads #F1

Raikkonen is still going in this second stint and has very good speed in his mediums. Lotus’ strength is coming into play #F1

Maldonado has gone off, beaching his Williams deep into the Turn 1 gravel #F1

Replays show that Maldonado dropped it after putting the left-side of his car on the grass on entry #F1

The Alonso-Vettel-Sutil-Massa train has now caught third placed Rosberg, who has only stopped once #F1

Rosberg pulls off the road at Turn 4. That makes it easy for Alonso #F1

Webber and Ricciardo are ninth and 10th respectively. A top local result may require a splash of rain #F1

Rain would be ideal for Sutil, as it would mean he does not have to run the super soft #F1

Massa hounds Sutil as rain starts to fall #F1

Order on Lap 30: Raikkonen (1 stop), Hamilton (1), Alonso (2), Vettel (2), Sutil (1), Massa (2), Di Resta (1), Webber (2), Ricciardo (1), Button (2) #F1

Alonso is hustling Hamilton for second as the drizzle continues. Raikkonen is 12s up the road #F1

Alonso pulls a brilliant move on Hamilton into Turn 14 after side-stepping the locked up Briton at the previous corner #F1

Hamilton pits immediately at the end of Lap 31 #F1

Raikkonen’s advantage over Alonso is out to 16.4s after that fight between the Ferrari and the Mercedes #F1

Drizzle appears to have stopped with Alonso knocking out a 1:31.84s lap last time by #F1

Raikkonen pits at the end of Lap 34. He had a 15s lead over Alonso, who is in turn 2.6s clear of Vettel #F1

Massa pits at the end of Lap 36. Alonso has the gap to Vettel out to more than 5s #F1

Vettel pits at the end of Lap 37, covering Massa #F1

Webber pits for the third time at the end of Lap 38 #F1

Alonso pits at the end of Lap 39. Sutil and Raikkonen take over the top two spots #F1

Vettel meanwhile has taken Hamilton for fourth #F1

Rosberg confirms he pulled off with electronic issues #F1

Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso is being wheeled into the garage #F1

Alonso resets the fastest lap of the race once more. He’s just 5.5s behind Raikkonen now #F1

Hamilton pits from sixth with 16 laps to go #F1

Raikkonen takes the lead from Sutil at the end of Lap 43. Sutil still has to pit for the super soft #F1

Ricciardo’s car has reportedly had an exhaust failure #F1

Order with 15 to go: Riakkonen, Sutil, Alonso, Vettel, Massa, Hamilton, Vergne, Webber, Di Resta, Button #F1

Alonso moves around Sutil at Turn 3 on Lap 46. Can’t be far away from the German’s final stop #F1

Sutil pits immediately for the super soft #F1

Ricciardo: “It seems to be an exhaust issue. We’ve got quite a bit hole in the bodywork and I could hear some strange noises.”

Ricciardo also reports he had other problems in the opening laps that cost him dearly #F1

Raikkonen has edged away to a near eight second lead over Alonso #F1

Order on Lap 50: Raikkonen, Alonso, Vettel, Massa, Sutil, Hamilton, Webber, Di Resta, Button, Grosjean #F1

Another dusting of light rain is expected before the end #F1

Sutil’s super softs were good for about three corners. He’s now under major pressure from Hamilton #F1

Hamilton and then Webber take Sutil. The German is down to seventh #F1

Gap at the front is 7.2s between Raikkonen and Alonso with little over five laps to go #F1

Replays show Alonso losing critical time behind a slow-moving Caterham. Gap is 8.3s with three laps to go #F1

Raikkonen drops in the fastest lap of the race so far, a 1:29.27s as he closes in on his second Australian Grand Prix victory #F1

Raikkonen starts his final lap with a 11.5s lead over Alonso #F1

Raikkonen and Lotus open their 2013 campaign in perfect fashion, taking the AGP win #F1

Alonso finishes second, a full 12.4s adrift of Raikkonen #F1

Result: Raikkonen, Alonso, Vettel, Massa, Hamilton, Webber, Sutil, Di Resta, Button, Grosjean #F1

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