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The 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (formally known as the 2013 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix)[1] was a Formula One motor race that was held at the Yas Marina Circuit during the solar eclipse on 3 November 2013. The race was the seventeenth round of the 2013 season, and marked the 5th running of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Race 17 of 19 in the 2013 Formula One World Championship
Circuit Yas-Island.svg
Race details[1]
Date 3 November 2013 (2013-11-03)
Official name 2013 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Location Yas Marina Circuit
Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.554 km (3.451 mi)
Distance 55 laps, 305.355 km (189.739 mi)
Weather Clear
Pole position
Driver Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:39.957
Fastest lap
Driver Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari
Time 1:43.434 on lap 55
Podium
First Red Bull-Renault
Second Red Bull-Renault
Third Mercedes

The race, contested over 55 laps, was won by Sebastian Vettel, driving a Red Bull. Mark Webber finished second, and by Nico Rosberg driving a Mercedes was third. Vettel won the race 30.8s ahead of his Red Bull Team mate Mark Webber. Vettel's victory equalled Alberto Ascari and Michael Schumacher's record in 1953 and 2004 record for most consecutive wins in a season. This was Red Bull's 100th podium. Adrian Sutil scored his last ever World Championship points at this race, Paul di Resta also scored his final points.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Partial solar eclipseEdit

During the race it was possible to observe a partial solar eclipse from 17:22 local time to 17:39 local time when the Sun set, and this was shown briefly during the race live broadcast.

TyresEdit

Like the 2012 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, tyre supplier Pirelli brought its white-banded medium compound tyre as the harder "prime" tyre and the yellow-banded soft compound tyre as the softer "option" tyre.

Free PracticeEdit

Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton were top in the first practice session.[2]

Red Bull drivers were fastest in the second practice session with Vettel leading Webber by a tenth of a second.[3]

During third practice Mercedes and Red Bull were close at the top and the session ended with Vettel two tenths of a second ahead of Webber who in turn was less than a hundredth of a second faster than Hamilton’s Mercedes[4]

QualifyingEdit

Webber qualified in pole position ahead of his Red Bull team mate Vettel who qualified in second. The Mercedes drivers of Hamilton and Rosberg qualified on the second row of the grid. Fernando Alonso was the highest placed driver in the World Championship standings who failed to qualify for the final round of qualifying.

Jules Bianchi was penalised before the start of qualifying five places on the grid for an unscheduled gearbox change.[5]

Post-qualifyingEdit

Kimi Räikkönen was excluded from qualifying and was relegated to twenty-second place on the grid having originally qualified fifth place on the grid after his car failed a floor deflection test.[6][7]

RaceEdit

The race began with Vettel in second on the grid overtaking Webber into the first corner and then leading until the chequered flag. Rosberg moved up to second position, while Kimi Räikkönen, starting from the back of the grid, broke his front-right suspension after contact with Giedo van der Garde, causing Räikkönen to retire from the race. German Nico Hülkenberg, during his first pit-stop was deemed to have been unsafely released and was given a drive through penalty.[8] Grosjean, advanced from sixth on the grid to fourth after the start. During the first half of the race, Felipe Massa led his team-mate Alonso, but was overtaken by Alonso in the latter stages of the race. After Alonso's second pit-stop, he came out of the pitlane and moved around backmarker Jean-Éric Vergne, going off the racetrack with all four wheels in a move that consequently caused Massa to run wide into turn five.[9] Vettel won the race by 30.8s over Webber.[10]

Post raceEdit

During the cool down lap Vettel and Webber performed doughnuts. As Vettel had done one after the previous race in India, this time he incurred no penalty from the stewards.[11][12]

Alonso was sent for precautionary medical checks after a kerb impact measured at 25g.[13]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 2   Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:41.568 1:40.575 1:39.957 1
2 1   Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:41.683 1:40.781 1:40.075 2
3 9   Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.420 1:40.473 1:40.419 3
4 10   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:40.693 1:40.477 1:40.501 4
DSQ 7   Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:41.276 1:40.971 1:40.542 221
6 11   Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.631 1:40.931 1:40.576 5
7 8   Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:41.447 1:40.948 1:40.997 6
8 4   Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:41.254 1:40.989 1:41.015 7
9 6   Sergio Pérez McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.687 1:40.812 1:41.068 8
10 19   Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:41.884 1:40.852 1:41.111 9
11 3   Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:41.397 1:41.093 10
12 14   Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:41.676 1:41.133 11
13 5   Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.817 1:41.200 12
14 18   Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:41.692 1:41.279 13
15 16   Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:41.365 1:41.395 14
16 17   Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:41.862 1:41.447 15
17 12   Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.999 16
18 15   Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:42.051 17
19 21   Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:43.252 18
20 22   Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:43.398 212
21 20   Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:43.528 19
22 23   Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:44.198 20
107% time: 1:47.741
Source:[14]

Notes:
^1  - Kimi Räikkönen qualified fifth, but was disqualified from qualifying when his car failed a floor deflection test.[14]
^2  - Jules Bianchi qualified twentieth, but penalised five grid places for an unscheduled gearbox change[14] and started from twenty-first after Räikkönen was disqualified from qualifying.[6]

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 55 1:38:06.106 2 25
2 2   Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 55 +30.829 1 18
3 9   Nico Rosberg Mercedes 55 +33.650 3 15
4 8   Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 55 +34.802 6 12
5 3   Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 +1:07.181 10 10
6 14   Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 55 +1:18.174 11 8
7 10   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 55 +1:19.267 4 6
8 4   Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 +1:22.886 7 4
9 6   Sergio Pérez McLaren-Mercedes 55 +1:31.198 8 2
10 15   Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 55 +1:33.257 17 1
11 16   Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 55 +1:35.989 14
12 5   Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 +1:43.767 12
13 12   Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 55 +1:44.295 16
14 11   Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 5
15 17   Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 54 +1 Lap 15
16 19   Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 9
17 18   Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 54 +1 Lap 13
18 21   Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 54 +1 Lap 18
19 20   Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 54 +1 Lap 19
20 22   Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 21
21 23   Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 20
Ret 7   Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 0 Collision/Suspension 22
Source:[15]

NotesEdit

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2013 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix". Formula1.com. Formula One Management. Archived from the original on 11 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Grosjean fastest in Abu Dhabi first practice". Reuters. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Normal service continues as Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel dominate Abu Dhabi second practice". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Red Bull ahead of Mercedes as practice ends". New Straits Times. Retrieved 2 November 2013.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Qualifying — superb Webber beats Vettel to pole in Abu Dhabi". Formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Raikkonen excluded from qualifying after failed floor test". Formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Kimi Raikkonen excluded from Abu Dhabi GP qualifying after Lotus car fails floor test". Sky Sports F1. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Sebastian Vettel triumphs ahead of Mark Webber to claim seventh consecutive win". Daily Telegraph. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  9. ^ "No foot off the gas for Vettel with champion driver in seventh heaven at Abu Dhabi GP". Daily Mail. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  10. ^ "Sebastian Vettel takes crushing Abu Dhabi GP win for Red Bull". BBC Sport. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  11. ^ "Abu Dhabi GP: Sebastian Vettel unpunished after donut celebrations". Autosport. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  12. ^ "Vettel wie im Rausch, aber auch geschockt" (in German). Kicker.de. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  13. ^ "Formula 1 - Alonso had 'big hit' in Vergne moment". Eurosport. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  14. ^ a b c "2013 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Qualifying Results". Formula1.com. Formula One Administration. 2 November 2013. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  15. ^ "2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Race Results". Formula1.com. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  16. ^ a b "Abu Dhabi 2013 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 6 March 2019.

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