2013 Korean Grand Prix

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South Korea  2013 Korean Grand Prix
Race details
Race 14 of 19 in the 2013 Formula One season
Korean International Circuit
Korean International Circuit
Date 6 October 2013
Official name 2013 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix[1]
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)
Weather Overcast
Air temp: 27°C.
Track temp: 29 °C.
Pole position
Driver Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:37.202
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:41.380 on lap 53
Podium
First Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Second Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault
Third France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault

The 2013 Korean Grand Prix (formally known as the 2013 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix)[1] was a Formula One motor race that was held on 6 October 2013 at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongnam, South Korea.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4][5]

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.[6]

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Circuit changes[edit]

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[7] — 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.[8]

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.[7]

Tyres[edit]

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.

Penalties[edit]

Mark Webber will take a 10-place grid penalty after earning his third reprimand of the season in Singapore[9] for walking onto the track without the marshal's permission at the end of the race.

Race[edit]

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.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:38.683 1:37.569 1:37.202 1
2 10 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.574 1:37.824 1:37.420 2
3 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:39.138 1:37.840 1:37.464 131
4 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:39.065 1:38.076 1:37.531 3
5 9 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.418 1:38.031 1:37.679 4
6 3 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:38.520 1:37.978 1:38.038 5
7 4 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38.884 1:38.295 1:38.223 6
8 11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.427 1:37.913 1:38.237 7
9 12 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.725 1:38.327 1:38.405 8
10 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:38.341 1:38.181 1:38.822 9
11 6 Mexico Sergio Pérez McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.049 1:38.362 10
12 5 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.882 1:38.365 11
13 19 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:38.525 1:38.417 12
14 15 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:38.988 1:38.431 14
15 14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:39.185 1:38.718 15
16 18 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:39.075 1:38.781 16
17 17 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:39.470 17
18 16 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:39.987 18
19 20 France Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:40.864 19
20 21 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:40.871 20
21 22 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:41.169 222
22 23 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:41.322 21
107% time:1:45.224
Source:[10]

Notes:
^1Mark 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.[9]
^2Jules Bianchi received a three-place grid penalty and a reprimand after impeding Paul di Resta while on an out-lap.[11]

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 55 1:43:13.701 1 25
2 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 55 +4.224 9 18
3 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 55 +4.927 3 15
4 11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 55 +24.114 7 12
5 10 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 55 +25.255 2 10
6 3 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 +26.189 5 8
7 9 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 55 +26.698 4 6
8 5 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 +32.262 11 4
9 4 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 +34.390 6 2
10 6 Mexico Sergio Pérez McLaren-Mercedes 55 +35.155 10 1
11 12 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 55 +35.990 8
12 17 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 55 +47.049 17
13 16 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 55 +50.013 18
14 20 France Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 55 +1:03.578 19
15 21 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 55 +1:04.501 20
16 22 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 55 +1:07.970 22
17 23 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 55 +1:12.898 21
18 18 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 53 Brakes3 16
19 19 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 52 Brakes3 12
20 15 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 50 Collision damage3 14
Ret 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 36 Collision 13
Ret 14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 24 Accident 15
Source:[12][13]
Notes

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 Korean Grand Prix". Formula1.com. Formula One Administration. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "FIA Formula One calendar". FIA.com. Fedération Internationale de l'Automobile. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Korean Grand Prix: As it happened". BBC Sport. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sebastian Vettel cruises to another victory at Korean Grand Prix". Guardian UK. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sebastian Vettel moves within touching distance of title after beating Kimi Raikkonen". Daily Telegraph. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Webber accuses Pirelli of not caring about drivers after suffering puncture in Korea before car explodes into flames (...but team-mate Vettel avoids carnage to cruise to victory)". Daily Mail. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "New pit lane exit among Korea circuit changes". f1fanatic.co.uk. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Korean GP: new pitlane exit gets mixed reviews from F1 drivers". Autosport. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Webber gets grid penalty after reprimand for Alonso lift". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "2013 Korean Grand Prix qualifying results". Formula One Administration. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Bianchi gets three-place grid penalty". f1fanatic.co.uk. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "2013 Korean Grand Prix Results". BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). 6 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "2013 Korean Grand Prix Results". Formula One Administration. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 

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