2013 Italian Grand Prix

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Italy  2013 Italian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 12 of 19 in the 2013 Formula One season
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Date 8 September 2013
Official name 2013 Formula 1 Gran Premio d'Italia[1]
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.793 km (3.600 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 307.029 km (190.580 mi)
Pole position
Driver Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:23.755
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Time 1:25.849 on lap 51
Podium
First Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Second Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari
Third Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault

The 2013 Italian Grand Prix (formally known as the 2013 Formula 1 Gran Premio d'Italia)[1] was a Formula One motor race held on 8 September 2013 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy.[2] The race was the 12th round of the 2013 season, and the 83rd running of the Italian Grand Prix.

Prior to the weekend, Red Bull revealed that Daniel Ricciardo will be driving alongside Sebastian Vettel in 2014, taking over from Mark Webber, who is moving to the Porsche Sportscar programme.[3] Furthermore, Felipe Massa announced two days after the race that he will leave Ferrari at the end of 2013 after eight years with the team.[4] On the next day, the Scuderia announced that former Ferrari driver and 2007 champion Kimi Räikkönen will take Massa's place.[5]

Qualifying[edit]

Tyre supplier Pirelli brought its hardest two compounds, with the orange-banded hard compound tyre being the harder "prime" tyre, and the white-banded medium compound tyre as the softer "option" tyre. This is the same tyre allocation as for the 2012 Italian Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull looked strong in all three practice sessions prior to qualifying. The two biggest threats to a Vettel pole position, apart for Vettel's teammate Mark Webber, were Lewis Hamilton and, quite surprisingly, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who had strong pace on a single lap Saturday morning, an area where Ferrari struggled throughout the season. Three-time 2013 pole-sitter Nico Rosberg had really poor mileage in the final practice session due to overheating[6] and was unlikely to fight for pole because of this.

Q1[edit]

Drivers eliminated in the first qualifying session were both drivers from Caterham and Marussia as well as Valtteri Bottas of Williams and Sauber's Esteban Gutiérrez. Several drivers were out on track early on option tyres, including 2007 champion Kimi Räikkönen and Jean-Éric Vergne.

Q2[edit]

The second qualifying session was the stage of a few surprises. First, both Lotus drivers were eliminated at the end of the 15 minutes session. Qualifying has never been the strength of the E21 this season, especially on the lowest downforce track of the season. The biggest disappointment of the session was the elimination of Hamilton's Mercedes. The five-time 2013 pole-sitter had an off at the exit of Curva Parabolica on his first flying lap and was impeded by Adrian Sutil on his second attempt at the entrance of the same turn. The German was later handed a three-place grid penalty for the race.[7] It was the first time that Hamilton failed to make a Q3 appearance since the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix. As a result, Hamilton's streak of consecutive Q3 appearances ended at 66.

Q3[edit]

Both Ferraris and Red Bulls were out early as well as Rosberg's Mercedes. The red cars were using their towing tactic, which they practiced a lot during free practice. Vettel was the fastest man of that group with a time of 1:23.859. All ten cars then went out on track, either for a second run or for a first. Rosberg and Ricciardo were out first in the second wave as they opted for a two-flying lap run. Webber improved his time on his second run, but stayed second behind Vettel while the German also improved his fastest time to 1:23.755. Nico Hülkenberg set up for a massively impressive third place, especially with his teammate early exit in Q1. Ferrari's towing tactic did not do any good as the red cars could only manage fourth and fifth, with Felipe Massa in front of Alonso. Rosberg took a respectable sixth, considering his misfortune of Saturday morning. Ricciardo again showed great qualifying pace with seventh despite running wide at turn six. The McLaren duo could only manage eight and ninth, with Sergio Pérez in front, while Vergne had to settle for tenth with an off that was a near carbon copy of Hamilton's in Q2 at Curva Parabolica.

Race[edit]

At the start, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel led the race from pole position with Felipe Massa jumping up into second position, ahead of Mark Webber and teammate Fernando Alonso. Further down the order, Lotus' Kimi Räikkönen was forced to put his left wheels on the grass to avoid Sergio Pérez on the approach of Variante del Rettifilo, preventing the Finn to brake in time and to avoid running in the back of the Mexican's McLaren. Räikkönen had to pit for a new front wing at the end of the first lap. More drama unfolded during the first lap as Paul di Resta ran into the back of Romain Grosjean's Lotus.[8] The Scot lost his front left wheel and retired his car on the spot, while Grosjean's car was left unscathed by the incident. On lap three, Alonso made his move on Webber at Variante della Roggia for third place and the Spaniard later passed his teammate at Variante del Rettifilo on lap eight for second place.

Lewis Hamilton picked up a slow puncture early on in the race as well as radio problems.[9] This meant that his team could not tell him about the tire problem and had to communicate with him with the help of pit boards throughout the rest of the race. Hamilton's one stop strategy became a two-stopper because of the slow puncture and rejoined the track almost at the back of the grid. Further ahead, Jean-Éric Vergne was on his way to a points finish until his transmission failed on lap fifteen.[10]

Later on, Webber managed to leapfrog Massa during the pit stops. The impressive Nico Hülkenberg managed to stay in front of Nico Rosberg for a net fifth place, but the recovering Hamilton passed both Germans at Curva Biassono and at Variante del Rettifilo respectively, though the Briton had to stop again because of his earlier tire problem. Räikkönen was also recovering from his first-lap clash with Pérez, taking advantage of a battle between Esteban Gutiérrez and Adrian Sutil, although Hamilton passed the three of them after his second pit stop. The Briton then quickly caught the McLaren duo and overtook them almost as quickly. Räikkönen also overtook Pérez and went after Jenson Button for tenth and the last championship point.

At the end of his 52nd lap, Sutil pulled into the Force India garage and retired with a brake problem. He was classified 16th, as he had completed 90% of the winner's race distance. A lap later, Sebastian Vettel crossed the start/finish line to win the 2013 Italian Grand Prix, his sixth win of the season, ahead of Alonso and teammate Webber. Massa drove to a respectable fourth, while Hülkenberg successfully beat Rosberg to the flag for a strong fifth place. Daniel Ricciardo took advantage of the great top speed of his Toro Rosso to successfully fight off Grosjean for a solid seventh. Hamilton recovered from his slow puncture to pick up ninth, while Button managed to hold Räikkönen behind him for tenth.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:24.319 1:23.977 1:23.755 1
2 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:24.923 1:24.263 1:23.968 2
3 11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.776 1:24.305 1:24.065 3
4 4 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:24.950 1:24.479 1:24.132 4
5 3 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:24.661 1:24.227 1:24.142 5
6 9 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:24.527 1:24.393 1:24.192 6
7 19 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:24.655 1:24.290 1:24.209 7
8 6 Mexico Sergio Pérez McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.635 1:24.592 1:24.502 8
9 5 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.739 1:24.563 1:24.515 9
10 18 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:24.630 1:24.575 1:28.050 10
11 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:24.819 1:24.610 11
12 10 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:24.589 1:24.803 12
13 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:24.737 1:24.848 13
14 15 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:25.030 1:24.932 171
15 16 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:24.905 1:25.011 14
16 14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:25.009 1:25.077 15
17 12 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.226 16
18 17 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:25.291 18
19 21 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:26.406 19
20 20 France Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:26.563 20
21 22 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.085 21
22 23 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.480 22
107% time:1:30.221
Source:[11]

Notes:

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 53 1:18:33.352 1 25
2 3 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 53 +5.467 5 18
3 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 53 +6.350 2 15
4 4 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 53 +9.361 4 12
5 11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 53 +10.355 3 10
6 9 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 53 +10.999 6 8
7 19 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 53 +32.329 7 6
8 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 53 +33.130 13 4
9 10 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 53 +33.527 12 2
10 5 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 53 +38.327 9 1
11 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 53 +38.695 11
12 6 Mexico Sergio Pérez McLaren-Mercedes 53 +39.765 8
13 12 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 53 +40.880 16
14 16 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 53 +49.085 14
15 17 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 53 +56.827 18
16 15 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 52 Brakes 17
17 20 France Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 52 +1 Lap 20
18 21 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 52 +1 Lap 19
19 22 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 21
20 23 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 22
Ret 18 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 14 Transmission 10
Ret 14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force IndiaMercedes 0 Collision 15
Source:[13][14]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2013 Formula 1 Gran Premio d'Italia". Formula1.com. Formula One Administration. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "FIA Formula One calendar". FIA.com. Fedération Internationale de l'Automobile. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Webber: Ricciardo perfect for Red Bull". gpupdate.net. GP Update.net. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Massa confirms Ferrari departure". gpupdate.net. GP Update.net. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Official: Räikkönen seals Ferrari return". gpupdate.net. GP Update.net. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Vettel leads Alonso on Saturday Morning at Monza". The Checkered Flag.co.uk. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Italian GP: Adrian Sutil penalised for blocking Lewis Hamilton". AutoSport.com. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Paul di Resta reprimanded for collision in Monza". Thehindu.com. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Lewis Hamilton not giving up on F1 title after all". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Toro Rosso to investigate transmission failure for Vergne". f1technical.net. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "2013 Italian Grand Prix qualifying results". Formula One Administration. 7 September 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Sutil handed three-place grid penalty". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). 7 September 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "2013 Italian Grand Prix Results". BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). 8 September 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "2013 Italian Grand Prix Results". Formula One Administration. 8 September 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 

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