Australian GP: Troubled start to the F1 2013 season for Red Bulls

Vettel got away smartly and avoided any traffic congestion at the notorious first right-hander out of the home straight, while Webber had a sluggish start and was beaten to the first bend by six cars. Webber said he had problems at the start which cost him a forward position to mount a challenge.

updated: March 17, 2013 15:48 IST
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Melbourne, Australia: The world champion Red Bull team had a troubled start to the new Formula One season with Sebastian Vettel failing to convert his pole position into a victory in the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The young German, tilting at his fourth consecutive world driver's title this year, dropped back after leading the field for the first few laps, blaming tyre degradation before finishing third behind Lotus winner Kimi Raikkonen.

His Australian teammate Mark Webber's dream of winning his home GP at the 12th attempt also dissolved amid issues with his Red Bull car as he battled home in sixth place.

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