2013 Korean Grand Prix
|Race 14 of 19 in the 2013 Formula One season|
Korean International Circuit
|Date||6 October 2013|
|Official name||2013 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix|
|Location||Korea International Circuit
Yeongnam, South Korea
|Course||Permanent racing facility
5.621 km (3.493 mi)
|Distance||55 laps, 309.155 km (192.100 mi)|
Air temp: 27°C.
Track temp: 29 °C.
|Driver||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault|
|Driver||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault|
|Time||1:41.380 on lap 53|
|First||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault|
The 2013 Korean Grand Prix (formally known as the 2013 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race that was held on 6 October 2013 at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongnam, South Korea. The race was the fourteenth round of the 2013 season, and marked the fourth running of the Korean Grand Prix. This was the last Formula One race to be held in Korea to date.
The race, contested over 55 laps, was won by Sebastian Vettel, driving a Red Bull. He took pole position, led every lap, scored fastest lap, and won the race to claim his fourth consecutive victory, his fourth Grand Chelem, and back-to-back Grand Chelems, together with the previous one at the 2013 Singapore Grand Prix. As a result, he equaled a record set by legendary Scotsman Jim Clark, who scored back-to-back Grand Chelems at the 1963 Dutch and French Grands Prix. Kimi Räikkönen finished in second place for Lotus F1, while his team-mate Romain Grosjean finished third, taking his third podium finish of the season.
The result meant that Vettel extended his lead to 77 points over Alonso and could seal his fourth consecutive championship in the next race in Japan if results went his way. Räikkönen leapfrogged Hamilton to go third, 28 points behind Alonso while Hamilton's result meant he was six points behind Räikkönen's score. Behind them, Mark Webber, who retired after a fire due to a collision with Adrian Sutil, kept fifth while Rosberg also stayed in sixth.
After some heavy criticism of the pit lane exit, which feeds the cars in on the outside of turn 1, the organisers made a new pit exit which runs around the run-off area of turns 1 and 2 — something which was on the original plans for the circuit, but was changed before the construction. The quality of the work has been called into question by drivers, with many highlighting an uneven surface as being "not the standard that it should be", as it has been built passing through the run off area which has a drainage area running across it.
Some other small changes were made to the circuit. The artificial grass which had got stuck on Lewis Hamilton's car in the previous Korean Grand Prix was replaced. A number of corners also had new kerbs fitted to prevent cars from cutting the corner.
Tyre supplier Pirelli brought its white-banded medium compound tyre as the harder "prime" tyre and the red-banded supersoft compound tyre as the softer "option" tyre, as opposed to the previous year where soft and supersoft selection were provided.
The race started in overcast conditions, with Vettel keeping his lead at the start. Felipe Massa's Ferrari spun at Turn 3 after the long straight, in the middle of the pack. Jenson Button and Esteban Gutiérrez made contact, with Button needing a new front wing. Paul di Resta later made another mistake on lap 24, for his fifth consecutive retirement, which was the fourth consecutive one to be accident related.
Only a few laps after di Resta spun into retirement, Nico Rosberg suffered a front wing failure on the fast straight after Turn 2, immediately after passing his team mate Lewis Hamilton. Shortly after the German pitted for a new wing, Sergio Pérez suffered a tyre delamination on the same section of track, bringing out the safety car on lap 31.
After the safety car returned on lap 36, Adrian Sutil missed his braking and hit the sidepod of Mark Webber's Red Bull, and the back of Webber's car was immediately engulfed in flames. Sutil would retire late in the race with collision damage. Then, as Vettel was coming down the straight in the lead, he found himself stuck behind a slow emergency vehicle which appeared on the circuit without warning. The safety car returned until lap 41. The rest of the race was dull, with not too much action. Then with two laps to go, both Toro Rosso's suffered brake problems and retired at the same time in the pits.
Vettel crossed the line 4 seconds ahead of Kimi Räikkönen, who was only half a second ahead of Romain Grosjean, the former having passed the latter with only a few laps to go. Sauber's new package paid off with Nico Hülkenberg in fourth place, while Gutiérrez was narrowly missed out on his first point, having been passed by his countryman Pérez towards the end of the race. The last man to cross the line, was Max Chilton, continuing a streak of finishes in his debut season.
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:38.683||1:37.569||1:37.202||1|
|3||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:39.138||1:37.840||1:37.464||131|
|13||19||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:38.525||1:38.417||12|
|14||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:38.988||1:38.431||14|
|15||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:39.185||1:38.718||15|
|16||18||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:39.075||1:38.781||16|
|20||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1:40.871||20|
^1 — Mark Webber received a ten-place grid penalty after receiving his 3rd reprimand of the season, for hitching a ride back to the pits on Fernando Alonso's Ferrari at the previous race.
^2 — Jules Bianchi received a three-place grid penalty and a reprimand after impeding Paul di Resta while on an out-lap.
- ^3 — Jean-Éric Vergne, Daniel Ricciardo and Adrian Sutil failed to finish the race but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race.
Championship standings after the race
- 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.
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