2013 Japanese Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 15 of 19 in the 2013 Formula One season
Suzuka Circuit
Suzuka Circuit
Date 13 October 2013
Official name 2013 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix[1]
Location Suzuka Circuit
Suzuka, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
5.807 km (3.608 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 307.471 km (191.062 mi)
Weather Warm and sunny
Pole position
Driver Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:30.915
Fastest lap
Driver Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:34.587 on lap 44
Podium
First Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Second Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
Third France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault

The 2013 Japanese Grand Prix (formally known as the 2013 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix)[1] was a Formula One motor race that was held on 13 October 2013 at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan.[2] The race was the fifteenth round of the 2013 season, and marked the 40th running of the Japanese Grand Prix. The race, contested over 53 laps, was won by Sebastian Vettel, driving a Red Bull after starting from second on the grid. Mark Webber, who started on pole position, settled for second after being forced to switch to a three stop strategy, which in the end was not successful.[3] Romain Grosjean took his second podium in succession in third position for Lotus F1. This was Red Bull's 14th one-two finish in Formula One.[4]

The result meant that the title was not sealed at Suzuka but Vettel could seal it with 5th place at the next race in India. Meanwhile Fernando Alonso stretched his lead to 30 points over Kimi Räikkönen but was still 90 behind Vettel's total.[5] Räikkönen in turn also increased his lead over Lewis Hamilton to 16 points after the Briton retired from puncture damage after colliding with Vettel on lap one. The result also meant that only Alonso can deprive Vettel of becoming world champion as Hamilton and Räikkönen fell out of contention.[6][7]

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Tyre supplier Pirelli brought its Orange-banded hard compound tyre as the harder "prime" tyre and the White-banded Medium compound tyre as the softer "option" tyre,as opposed to the previous year where hard and soft selection were provided. Jules Bianchi and Charles Pic were each given ten-place grid penalties after stewards found they had been speeding behind the safety car at the previous round in Korea. Both drivers were reprimanded for their actions, and automatically received a ten-place grid penalty as it was their third reprimand of the season.

Free Practice[edit]

Free Practice 1 saw Heikki Kovalainen drive for Caterham, in place of Charles Pic. The session was not without incident, as both Jules Bianchi (Marussia), Giedo van der Garde (Caterham) both went off at the exit of the second Degner corner. As a result of his accident, Bianchi was forced to sit out of Free Practice 2, while his car was repaired. Pastor Maldonado suffered a loose wheel up at Spoon Curve. Williams were later fined €60,000 for failing to attach the wheel properly. Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap of the session, with team-mate Nico Rosberg behind him.

Free Practice 2 saw Pastor Maldonado also going off at the second Degner corner, where he became stuck in the gravel. Sergio Pérez lost control of his McLaren going into Spoon, and slid backwards and made heavy contact with the tyre barrier. Fernando Alonso spun at the second Degner corner, but he was able to continue. Kimi Räikkönen spun into the gravel trap at the Dunlop corner and was forced to end his session. This time championship leader Sebastian Vettel finished the session fastest, with team-mate Mark Webber behind him.

Qualifying[edit]

In a first, Charles Pic was given a drive-through penalty for leaving the pits when the red light was displayed at the pit exit during qualifying. The penalty was to be served during the first five laps of the race.[8]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:32.271 1:31.513 1:30.915 1
2 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:32.397 1:31.290 1:31.089 2
3 10 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.340 1:31.636 1:31.253 3
4 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:31.824 1:31.565 1:31.365 4
5 4 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:31.994 1:31.668 1:31.378 5
6 9 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.244 1:31.764 1:31.397 6
7 11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:32.465 1:31.848 1:31.664 7
8 3 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:32.371 1:31.828 1:31.665 8
9 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:32.377 1:31.662 1:31.684 9
10 5 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.606 1:31.838 1:31.827 10
11 6 Mexico Sergio Pérez McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.718 1:31.989 11
12 14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:32.286 1:31.992 12
13 17 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:32.613 1:32.013 13
14 12 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:32.673 1:32.063 14
15 16 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:32.875 1:32.093 15
16 19 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:32.804 1:32.485 16
17 15 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:32.890 221
18 18 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:33.357 17
19 23 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:34.320 18
20 20 France Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:34.556 202
21 21 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:34.879 19
22 22 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:34.958 212
107% time: 1:38.251
Source:[9]

Notes:
^1  — Adrian Sutil received a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change. However, he chose he demoted two-five places for causing a deliberate accident at the previous race.[9]
^2  — Charles Pic and Jules Bianchi received ten-place grid penalties for receiving three reprimands over the season. However, due to Sutil's grid penalty Pic and Bianchi were promoted to 20th and 21st respectively.[9]

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 53 1:26:49.301 2 25
2 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 53 +7.129 1 18
3 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 53 +9.910 4 15
4 3 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 53 +45.605 8 12
5 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 53 +47.325 9 10
6 11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 53 +51.615 7 8
7 12 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 53 +1:11.630 14 6
8 9 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 53 +1:12.023 6 4
9 5 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 53 +1:20.821 10 2
10 4 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 53 +1:29.263 5 1
11 14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 53 +1:38.572 12
12 18 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 17
13 19 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 16
14 15 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 22
15 6 Mexico Sergio Pérez McLaren-Mercedes 52 +1 Lap 11
16 16 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 52 +1 Lap 15
17 17 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 52 +1 Lap 13
18 20 France Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 52 +1 Lap 20
19 23 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 18
Ret 10 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 7 Collision damage 3
Ret 21 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 0 Collision 19
Ret 22 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 0 Collision 21
Source:[10][11]

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
  • Bold text shows Drivers or Teams still with a mathematical chance of winning the championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2013 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix". Formula1.com. Formula One Administration. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "FIA Formula One calendar". FIA.com. Fedération Internationale de l'Automobile. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Unstoppable Vettel makes it nine wins in 2013 but Alonso prevents title celebrations". Daily Mail. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Japanese Grand Prix: as it happened". BBC Sport. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Vettel Wins Japanese Grand Prix to Close In on Title". New York Times. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Japanese Grand Prix 2013: live". Daily Telegraph. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sebastian Vettel wins Japanese Grand Prix but must wait for title". Guardian UK. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Pic given drive-through penalty for race". f1fanatic.co.uk. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  9. ^ a b c "2013 Japanese Grand Prix qualifying results". Formula One Administration. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "2013 Japanese Grand Prix Results". BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). 13 October 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "2013 Japanese Grand Prix Results". Formula One Administration. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013. 

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