2013 Singapore Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 13 of 19 in the 2013 Formula One season
Marina Bay Street Circuit
Marina Bay Street Circuit
Date 22 September 2013
Official name 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix[1]
Location Marina Bay Street Circuit
Marina Bay, Singapore
Course Street circuit
5.065 km (3.148 mi)
Distance 61 laps, 308.965 km (192.023 mi)
Weather Dry and 29 degrees
Pole position
Driver Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:42.841
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:48.574 on lap 46
Podium
First Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Second Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari
Third Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault

The 2013 Singapore Grand Prix (formally known as the 2013 Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix)[1] was a Formula One motor race that was held on Sunday, 22 September 2013 at 20:00 SST by the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Marina Bay, Singapore.[2] The race was the thirteenth round of the 2013 season, and marked the 6th running of the night race, the Singapore Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel produced one of his most dominating performances. He took pole position, led every lap, scored fastest lap, and won by more than 32.6 seconds; his third Grand Chelem. With nearly perfect start and handling of safety car situation, Alonso took second position from seventh on the grid. Raikkonen, despite injury in the back and qualified only 13th, climbed up to the final podium position. Nico Rosberg, who started on the front row alongside Vettel, was caught out by a failed tyre strategy to finish fourth while British team-mate Lewis Hamilton followed him home for 5th place.[3] Felipe Massa took sixth, over a minute behind the race winner while Jenson Button slipped down the order in the last few laps to finish seventh with Sergio Pérez, Nico Hülkenberg and Adrian Sutil picking up the final points places. The results meant that Vettel again increased his championship lead to 60 points over Fernando Alonso with Lewis Hamilton a further 36 points behind and Kimi Räikkönen two behind Hamilton's total.[4]

Background[edit]

The circuit layout was revised for the 2013 race, with the removal of the "Singapore Sling" chicane at Turn 10. The corner was condensed down to a single change in direction, with the large kerbs that had been used to mark the chicane removed entirely.[5]

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.

Qualifying[edit]

Pirelli stated that their supersoft tyres are two seconds faster per lap then their medium compound, which meant that the teams had to establish a good tyre strategy for the weekend. Reigning triple world champion Sebastian Vettel took command in the final two practice sessions, while Lewis Hamilton was the fastest man in the first session. Hamilton's teammate Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean were also strong contenders for pole position.

Q1[edit]

The two Red Bull drivers and Grosjean successfully qualified for the next session with the medium compound tyres, leaving their three sets of supersofts unused for the following two sessions. The two drivers from Caterham and Marussia as well as Pastor Maldonado and Paul di Resta were eliminated during this session.

Q2[edit]

The biggest surprise of Q2 was the elimination of Lotus's Kimi Räikkönen. It was later revealed that the Finn suffered from a trapped nerve in his lower back on a quite bumpy circuit.[6] Sauber's Esteban Gutiérrez qualified for Q3 for the first time in his young Formula One career. His teammate Nico Hülkenberg was on pace for a Q3 appearance as well, but the German suffered a DRS issue during his final flying lap, resulting in a Q2 exit. It was the first time this season that Hülkenberg could not out-qualify his teammate. Interestingly, both Mercedes drivers qualified for Q3 on the set of supersofts they previously used in Q1, which means that they joined Vettel, Grosjean and Mark Webber as the drivers who still had two sets of new supersoft tyres for Q3.

Q3[edit]

The five drivers with two unused sets of supersoft tyres went out on track early in the session for a first flying lap. Vettel was by far the fastest man of that group, lapping in 1:42.841, more than six tenths of a second faster than Rosberg. As a result, the defending world champion elected to stay in the pits, while the others all went on track, either for a first or a second flying lap, except Esteban Gutiérrez, who opted to save his tyres for the race. What seemed to be a guaranteed pole position for Vettel proved to be very uncertain as the German watched Webber posting the fastest first sector time, quickly followed by successive fastest second sector times by Rosberg and Grosjean. Vettel's time still stood by less than a tenth, ahead of Rosberg and Grosjean. Webber took fourth in front of Hamilton. The Ferrari duo could only manage sixth and seventh, with Felipe Massa in front of Fernando Alonso. Jenson Button had to settle for eighth, while the impressive Daniel Ricciardo posted yet another Q3 appearance with ninth. Gutiérrez started in tenth place after not posting a lap time to save his tyres for the race.

Race[edit]

The race began Sunday, 22 September 2013 at 20:00 SST. Sebastian Vettel started from pole ahead of Nico Rosberg with Adrian Sutil the only driver starting on the medium compound 'Prime' tyre.

Rosberg got a better start than Vettel into the first corner but ran wide allowing Vettel back through. Fernando Alonso who started seventh got a good start to move up to third. Vettel gained a five second advantage over Rosberg in the first three laps and continued to pull away as Rosberg also pulled away from Alonso. Mark Webber overtook Romain Grosjean early on using DRS to move back up to fourth. Lewis Hamilton had a bad start falling behind both Ferraris. He overtook Massa back soon after but the move was deemd to be an illegal overtake by the stewards as it took place off the track, meaning he had to give the position back. After the first few laps Vettel led from Rosberg, Alonso, Webber, Grosjean, Massa, Hamilton, Button, Hülkenberg and Pérez.

Kimi Räikkönen who started 13th and had a bad back quickly moved up the order overtaking Esteban Gutiérrez and Daniel Ricciardo who both started in the top 10. Webber chased down Alonso before being instructued to stay around two seconds behind Alonso so he would not overheat his tyres or engine. The race was then mostly uneventful as Vettel extended his lead to around seven seconds before Räikkönen became the first driver to stop on lap 11. This sparked a chain reaction showing the tyres had not lasted as long as expected. Hamilton jumped Massa in this first round of stops. Paul di Resta kept going until lap 21 before stopping to change his worn option tyres and in doing so slowed down Alonso and allowed Webber, Grosjean and Rosberg to bunch up behind Alonso. Räikkönen used his early stop to move into the points ahead of Hülkenberg, Pérez and Button but at the front Vettel stretched out the lead even further to over 10 seconds until Ricciardo, Vettel's Red Bull team-mate for 2014, crashed under the grandstand bringing out the safety car. This meant that the safety car had been used in every Singapore Grand Prix. Shortly after the safety car came in, Grosjean had pneumatic problems in his engine and have to retire after a failed rescuing repair attempt. Vettel quickly pull away from the rest by about two seconds per lap until he is able to pit without losing the lead. Di Resta was running in 10th before he crashed into the barriers. Webber's car discovered a water leak which slowed him down before it caught fire on the final lap.

Post-race[edit]

Alonso stopped in the middle of Turn 7 to pick up Webber, who had retired on the final lap of the race. The stewards gave reprimands to the both of them for their actions. Crucially, Webber earned his third reprimand of the season, thus triggering an automatic 10-place grid penalty at the next race in Korea.[7]

A controversy developed after some spectators booed at Sebastian Vettel during the podium ceremony, prompting the TV interviewer Martin Brundle to break off and tell the jeering crowd to be quiet politely.[8][9] The crowd's behaviour, which was not the first such incident directed at Vettel during the 2013 season, drew condemnation from Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, fellow driver Lewis Hamilton and racing legend Niki Lauda, among others.[9][10][11]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:45.376 1:42.905 1:42.841 1
2 9 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:45.208 1:43.892 1:42.932 2
3 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:45.851 1:43.957 1:43.058 3
4 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:45.271 1:43.272 1:43.152 4
5 10 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:44.196 1:43.920 1:43.254 5
6 4 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:45.658 1:44.376 1:43.890 6
7 3 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:45.115 1:44.153 1:43.938 7
8 5 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:45.009 1:44.497 1:44.282 8
9 19 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:45.379 1:44.407 1:44.439 9
10 12 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:45.483 1:44.245 no time 10
11 11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:45.381 1:44.555 11
12 18 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:45.657 1:44.588 12
13 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:45.522 1:44.658 13
14 6 Mexico Sergio Pérez McLaren-Mercedes 1:45.164 1:44.752 14
15 15 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:45.960 1:45.185 15
16 17 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:45.982 1:45.388 16
17 14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:46.121 17
18 16 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:46.619 18
19 20 France Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:48.111 19
20 21 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:48.320 20
21 22 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:48.830 21
22 23 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:48.930 22
107% time:1:51.489
Source:[12]

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 61 1:59:13.132 1 25
2 3 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 61 +32.627 7 18
3 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 61 +43.920 13 15
4 9 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 61 +51.155 2 12
5 10 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 61 +53.159 5 10
6 4 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 61 +1:03.877 6 8
7 5 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 61 +1:23.354 8 6
8 6 Mexico Sergio Pérez McLaren-Mercedes 61 +1:23.820 14 4
9 11 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 61 +1:24.261 11 2
10 15 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 61 +1:24.688 15 1
11 16 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 61 +1:28.479 18
12 12 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 61 +1:37.894 10
13 17 Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 61 +1:45.161 16
14 18 France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 61 +1:53.512 12
15 2 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 60 Engine1 4
16 21 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 60 +1 Lap 20
17 23 United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 60 +1 Lap 22
18 22 France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 60 +1 Lap 21
19 20 France Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 60 +1 Lap 19
20 14 United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 54 Accident1 17
Ret 8 France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 37 Pneumatics 3
Ret 19 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 23 Accident 9
Source:[13][14]
Notes

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 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix". Formula1.com. Formula One Administration. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "FIA Formula One calendar". FIA.com. Fedération Internationale de l'Automobile. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sebastian Vettel secures third straight win to strengthen grip on Formula One world title". Daily Telegraph. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Vettel in a win-win situation after German's Red Bull crushes opposition in Singapore". Daily Mail. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Track modifications to lower lap times in Singapore". Formula1.com. Formula One Administration. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Injured Räikkönen vows to start race". GPupdate.net. GP Update.net. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Webber gets grid penalty after reprimand for Alonso Singapore lift". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publishing. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Jeered Sebastian Vettel blames Ferrari fans for podium boos". GP Today. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Benson, Andrew (23 September 2013). "Lewis Hamilton: Sebastian Vettel does not deserve to be booed". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Noble, Jonathan (22 September 2013). "Singapore GP: Red Bull boss slams fans who jeer Sebastian Vettel". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publishing). Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Horner, Lauda criticise fans for booing Vettel". The F1 Times. 23 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "2013 Singapore Grand Prix qualifying results". Formula One Administration. 21 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "2013 Singapore Grand Prix Results". BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "2013 Singapore Grand Prix Results". Formula One Administration. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "Race - peerless Vettel wins tense Singapore round". Formula One Administration. 22 September 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 

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