2013 British Grand Prix
|Race 8 of 19 in the 2013 Formula One season|
|Date||30 June 2013|
|Official name||2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix|
Silverstone, United Kingdom
|Course||Permanent racing facility
5.901 km (3.667 mi)
|Distance||52 laps, 306.747 km (190.604 mi)|
|Driver||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault|
|Time||1:33.401 on lap 52|
|Second||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault|
The 2013 British Grand Prix (formally the 2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race that took place on 30 June 2013 at the Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, United Kingdom. It was the eighth round of the 2013 season, and the 68th British Grand Prix. The race, contested over 52 laps, was won by Nico Rosberg for the Mercedes team, from a second position start. Mark Webber finished second in a Red Bull car, with Fernando Alonso third in a Ferrari.
Lewis Hamilton took pole position ahead of teammate Rosberg, with Championship leader Sebastian Vettel third. The race was marred by several tyre punctures. Hamilton, along with Felipe Massa, Jean-Éric Vergne and Sergio Pérez suffered left-rear tyre blowouts, while Esteban Gutiérrez was subject to a left-front tyre blowout and Alonso's right-rear deflated just before a pitstop.
The Grand Prix was contested by eleven teams, each of two drivers. The teams, also known as "constructors", were Red Bull-Renault, Ferrari, McLaren-Mercedes, Lotus-Renault, Mercedes, Sauber-Ferrari, Force India-Mercedes, Williams-Renault, Toro Rosso-Ferrari, Caterham-Renault and Marussia-Cosworth.
Before the race, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel led the Drivers' Championship with 132; Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso was second on 96 points. Behind them in the Drivers' Championship, Kimi Räikkönen was third on 88 points in a Lotus, Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber on 77 and 69 points respectively. In the Constructors' Championship, Red Bull were leading with 201 points and Ferrari were second on 145 points, with Mercedes third on 134 points.
On 27 June, Webber announced he was to retire at the end of the season and enter the 2014 World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours, saying: "I'm very much looking forward to this new challenge after my time in Formula 1. I can hardly wait to pilot one of the fastest sports cars in the world."
The drag reduction system (DRS) had two activation zones for the race; one was on the straight between turns 5 and 6, and the second on the hangar straight between turns 14 and 15. The sport's sole tyre supplier Pirelli, provided two specifications of dry slick tyres for the race, designated Hard (also referred to as the "prime" tyre) and Medium (also referred to as the "option" tyre). The Hard compound was distinguished by an orange band with the Soft compound being distinguished by a white band. As was the case for all the 2013 Grands Prix, the rules stipulated that all cars should use both types of tyre during the course of the race, and each driver was limited to eleven sets of dry tyres for the weekend.
Practice and qualifying
Three practice sessions were held before the Sunday race – two on Friday, and one on Saturday. The Friday morning and afternoon sessions each lasted 90 minutes; the third session, on Saturday morning, lasted for an hour.
The qualifying session on Saturday afternoon was split into three parts. The first part ran for 20 minutes and eliminated the cars from qualifying that finished the session 18th or lower. During this session, the 107% rule was in effect, which necessitated each driver set a time within 107% of the quickest lap to qualify for the race. The second part of qualifying lasted 15 minutes and eliminated cars that finished in positions 11 to 17. The final part of qualifying determined the positions from first to tenth, and decided pole position.
McLaren's Jenson Button, Ferrari's Felipe Massa, Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne, McLaren's Sergio Pérez, Sauber's Nico Hülkenberg and Williams' Pastor Maldonado were all eliminated in Q2. Vergne was on for a good lap during the latter stages of Qualifying but a slow middle sector meant that his time was not enough to finish in the top 10.
Lewis Hamilton took pole position with a time of 1:29.607 followed by his team mate Nico Rosberg and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel followed by Webber, Di Resta, Ricciardo, Sutil, Grosjean, Räikkönen and Alonso completing the top ten. Di Resta would later get a penalty for his car being under 1.5 kg under the minimum weight, so was then taken to the back of the grid, which meant Ricciardo would move up to a career best fifth, and the rest follows. The reason for the car being under the minimum weight remains unknown.
The conditions were sunny before the race. The air temperature was 23 °C (73 °F) and the track temperature was 31 °C (88 °F); conditions were expected to remain consistent throughout the race. The race-day attendance was 120,000. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton led from the start with Vettel behind him after Rosberg was slow off the line. Red Bull's Webber had a poor start and damaged his front wing after contact with Lotus' Romain Grosjean into turn 1. On lap 8, Hamilton suffered a left-rear tyre failure on the Wellington Straight. Massa had a similar tyre failure and spun while a subsequent tyre explosion on Vergne's car brought out the safety car on lap 16. Vergne eventually retired from the race with floor damage.
Vettel held the race lead until lap 42 when he suffered a gearbox failure and stopped near the start-finish line. This brought out a second safety car. Rosberg, Webber, and Alonso all made pit stops for new tyres, but Lotus' Kimi Räikkönen stayed out.
The race resumed on lap 46 with Rosberg in the lead. Webber and Alonso were able to overtake Räikkönen for a podium finish. Hamilton managed to finish fourth after recovering from the early tyre failure. Massa did so as well, recovering from the failure and subsequent spin and a slower-than-average pit stop, fighting to finish sixth. McLaren's Pérez suffered a tyre failure on the restart and was forced to retire with car damage. Grosjean also retired before the end of the race.
Nico Rosberg went on to win the race, holding off Red Bull's Mark Webber by just 0.7 seconds with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso over 7 seconds down the road in 3rd. Mark Webber also set the lap record (1:33.401), beating the previous record set by Kimi Räikkönen in 2012.
The top three finishers appeared on the podium to collect their trophies, and were interviewed by 1996 World Drivers' Champion Damon Hill.
|3||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:31.559||1:30.990||1:30.211||3|
|4||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:31.605||1:31.002||1:30.220||4|
|5||19||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:32.097||1:31.182||1:30.757||5|
|6||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:32.002||1:31.097||1:30.908||6|
|12||18||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:32.105||1:31.785||12|
|20||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1:35.481||222|
|EX||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:32.062||1:31.291||1:30.736||211|
|107% time: 1:37.364|
- ^1 — Paul di Resta was excluded from the results after his car was found to be underweight after qualifying. He was subsequently moved to the back of the grid.
- ^2 — Giedo van der Garde was given a five-place grid penalty for causing an avoidable accident with Nico Hülkenberg at the previous race. He was later given a second grid penalty for a gearbox change, placing him 22nd and last.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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