2013 British Grand Prix
The 2013 British Grand Prix (formally the 2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race that took place on 30 June 2013 at the Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, United Kingdom. It was the eighth race of the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship, and the 68th British Grand Prix. The 52-lap race was won by Nico Rosberg for the Mercedes team, from a second position start. Mark Webber finished second in a Red Bull-Renault, with Fernando Alonso third in a Ferrari.
|2013 British Grand Prix|
|Race 8 of 19 in the 2013 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||30 June 2013|
|Official name||2013 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix|
Silverstone, United Kingdom
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||5.891 km (3.661 mi)|
|Distance||52 laps, 306.198 km (190.263 mi)|
|Driver||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault|
|Time||1:33.401 on lap 52|
Lewis Hamilton took pole position ahead of teammate Rosberg, with Drivers' Championship leader Sebastian Vettel third. The race was marred by several tyre punctures. Hamilton, along with Felipe Massa, Jean-Éric Vergne and Sergio Pérez suffered left-rear tyre blowouts, while Esteban Gutiérrez was subject to a left-front tyre blowout and Alonso's right-rear deflated just before a pit stop.
Going into the race, Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel led the Drivers' Championship with 132 points, with Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso second on 96. They were followed by Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen on 88 points, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on 77, and Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber on 69. In the Constructors' Championship, Red Bull led with 201 points, followed by Ferrari on 145 and Mercedes on 134.
On 27 June, Webber announced that he was to retire at the end of the season and enter the 2014 World Endurance Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours, saying: "I'm very much looking forward to this new challenge after my time in Formula 1. I can hardly wait to pilot one of the fastest sports cars in the world."
The drag reduction system (DRS) had two activation zones for the race; one was on the straight between turns 5 and 6, and the second on the hangar straight between turns 14 and 15. The sport's sole tyre supplier, Pirelli, provided two specifications of dry slick tyres for the race, designated Hard (also referred to as the "prime" tyre) and Medium (also referred to as the "option" tyre). The Hard compound was distinguished by an orange band, while the Medium compound was distinguished by a white band. As was the case for all the 2013 Grands Prix, the rules stipulated that all cars should use both types of tyre during the course of the race, and each driver was limited to eleven sets of dry tyres for the weekend.
Practice and qualifyingEdit
Three practice sessions were held before the Sunday race – two on Friday, and one on Saturday. The Friday morning and afternoon sessions each lasted 90 minutes; the third session, on Saturday morning, lasted for an hour.
The qualifying session on Saturday afternoon was split into three parts. The first part ran for 20 minutes and eliminated the cars from qualifying that finished the session 18th or lower. During this session, the 107% rule was in effect, which necessitated each driver set a time within 107% of the quickest lap to qualify for the race. The second part of qualifying lasted 15 minutes and eliminated cars that finished in positions 11 to 17. The final part of qualifying determined the positions from first to tenth, and decided pole position.
McLaren's Jenson Button, Ferrari's Felipe Massa, Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne, McLaren's Sergio Pérez, Sauber's Nico Hülkenberg and Williams' Pastor Maldonado were all eliminated in Q2. Vergne was on for a good lap during the latter stages of Qualifying but a slow middle sector meant that his time was not enough to finish in the top 10.
Lewis Hamilton took pole position with a time of 1:29.607 followed by his teammate Nico Rosberg and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel followed by Webber, Di Resta, Ricciardo, Sutil, Grosjean, Räikkönen and Alonso completing the top ten. Di Resta would later get a penalty for his car being under 1.5 kg under the minimum weight, so was then taken to the back of the grid, which meant Ricciardo would move up to a career best fifth, and the rest follows. The reason for the car being under the minimum weight remains unknown.
The conditions were sunny before the race. The air temperature was 23 °C (73 °F) and the track temperature was 31 °C (88 °F); conditions were expected to remain consistent throughout the race. The race-day attendance was 120,000.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton led from the start, with Vettel behind him after Rosberg was slow off the line. Red Bull's Webber had a poor start and damaged his front wing after contact with Lotus' Romain Grosjean into turn 1. On lap 7, Hamilton - who had been leading the race by slightly over 2 seconds from Vettel - suffered a left-rear tyre failure on the Wellington Straight and dropped to last place as he trundled back to the pits. On lap 11, Massa - having made a great start to move up from eleventh to fifth by the end of the first lap - also suffered a tyre failure and spun, while a subsequent tyre explosion on Vergne's car brought out the safety car on lap 16. Vergne eventually retired from the race with floor damage.
Having inherited the lead following Hamilton's tyre failure, Vettel led the race until lap 42 when he suffered a gearbox failure and stopped near the start-finish line, having been over 2 seconds ahead of Rosberg beforehand. This brought out a second safety car. Rosberg, Webber, and Alonso all made pit stops for new tyres, but Lotus' Kimi Räikkönen stayed out.
The race resumed on lap 46 with Rosberg in the lead. Webber and Alonso were able to overtake Räikkönen for a podium finish. Hamilton managed to finish fourth after recovering from the early tyre failure and passing Räikkönen on the penultimate lap. Massa also made a good recovery after his own tyre failure (and subsequent spin) and a slower-than-average pit stop, managing to finish sixth. McLaren's Pérez suffered a tyre failure on the restart and was forced to retire with car damage. Grosjean also retired before the end of the race.
Rosberg went on to win the race, holding off Webber by just 0.7 seconds with Alonso over 7 seconds down the road in third. Webber also set the lap record (1:33.401), beating the previous record set by Räikkönen in 2012.
The top three finishers appeared on the podium to collect their trophies, and were interviewed by 1996 World Drivers' Champion Damon Hill.
|3||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:31.559||1:30.990||1:30.211||3|
|4||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:31.605||1:31.002||1:30.220||4|
|5||19||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:32.097||1:31.182||1:30.757||5|
|6||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:32.002||1:31.097||1:30.908||6|
|12||18||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:32.105||1:31.785||12|
|20||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1:35.481||222|
|EX||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:32.062||1:31.291||1:30.736||211|
|107% time: 1:37.364|
- ^1 — Paul di Resta was excluded from the results after his car was found to be underweight after qualifying. He was subsequently moved to the back of the grid.
- ^2 — Giedo van der Garde was given a five-place grid penalty for causing an avoidable accident with Nico Hülkenberg at the previous race. He was later given a second grid penalty for a gearbox change, placing him 22nd and last.
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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