Date: 3rd April 2013 at 8:48am
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The 2013 Formula One World Championship has already proven to be a highly competitive season after just two races.

In Australia, the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen stood victories on the top step of the podium ahead of the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso and the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel.

In Malaysia, it was a controversial one-two finish for Red Bull ahead of third place Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.

With four teams all standing on the podium and potentially challenging for race victories, this season would appear to have the potential to match last seasons open championship.

With McLaren almost certain to make a comeback and return for form at some stage, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali is confident that his team are well placed for an assault on the title.

‘I don’t know exactly where [we are], but for sure between the leaders, There are tracks where our car will perform better; there are certain tracks where some others will perform better than ours. he told Sky Sports.

‘For sure Red Bull, in my view, is still the strongest at the moment, but we will see.

‘This championship is very long, We have seen that the performance of the others is very good but we also have seen that during these two races there were so many different performances between different cars in different conditions that it was almost impossible to understand something.

Felipe Massa has started the season in fine form, finishing in the top five in both Melbourne and Sepang.

Meanwhile Fernando Alonso couldn’t follow up his second place finish in Australia in Malaysia after a decision from the team to not make an immediate pit-stop for a damaged front wing forced him to retire on the second lap of the race.