|Race 1 of 19 in the 2013 Formula One season|
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|Official name||2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix|
|Location||Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia|
|Course|| Temporary street circuit |
5.303 km (3.295 mi)</td></tr>
|Distance||58 laps, 307.574 km (191.12 mi)</td></tr>|
|Driver||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault|
|Time||1:29.274 on lap 56|
|Third||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault|
The 2013 Australian Grand Prix (formally known as the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix) is a Formula One motor race that was held on 17 March 2013 as the opening round of the 2013 championship. The race was held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in the Albert Park suburb of Melbourne. It was the 78th race in the combined history of the Australian Grand Prix—which dates back to the 100 Miles Road Race of 1928—and the 18th time the event has been held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit.
Following the collapse of HRT F1 in December 2012, the grid for the season was reduced to just twenty-two entries, necessitating changes to the structure of qualifying. The three-round knockout system first introduced in 2006 will remain in place, but only six cars—instead of seven—will be eliminated during the first period of qualifying, with six more eliminated at the end of the second period. The third qualifying period remains unchanged, with the ten fastest drivers all advancing to the final ten minutes of qualifying.
During the winter off-season, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile introduced new rules restricting the use of the Drag Reduction System during free practice and qualifying, limiting its use to the circuit's designated DRS zones. However, during Friday practice, the race stewards encountered a technical glitch in the telemetry system the controlled the availability of DRS, meaning that the system would be completely unrestricted. This forced the stewards to rely on drivers to use the system honestly, threatening penalites to any driver caught using DRS outside the designated areas. The same error meant that the stewards would be unable to warn drivers via telemetry of flags, instead relying on marshalls around the circuit to display them and teams to warn drivers up upcoming flags during the race.
The first session of qualifying was held in wet conditions, and after an initial postponement of twenty minutes, the session began with all drivers on wet tyres. The drivers found the conditions tricky, and as a result some drivers were forced to take off-field excursions. Lewis Hamilton lost control of his car during turn 2 and slid into the wall. He was able to reverse back onto the circuit and continue, albeit with minor cosmetic damage to his rear wing. Felipe Massa also spun into the wall after turn 14, escaping with only a broken front wing. As the track dried out however, the drivers changed to intermediate tyres and the lap times began to tumble up until the very end. Esteban Gutiérrez spun at the same place as Massa had previously, stalling the engine and the accident ended his qualifying session, also scuppering the laps of many others.
At the end of Q1, six drivers were eliminated. Pastor Maldonado qualified seventeenth after going off the circuit, whilst Gutiérrez's crash meant that the Mexican was unable to continue, and was subsequently eliminated in eighteenth place. Marussia's Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton qualified nineteenth and twentieth respectively, ahead of the Caterhams of Giedo van der Garde and Charles Pic, the latter of whom failed to set a lap time within 107% of the fastest time—set by Nico Rosberg—in the session, meaning his participating in the race depended on a dispensation from the race stewards
With debris from several accidents scattered across the track, the break between Q1 and Q2 was extended to allow marshalls to clean the circuit up. However, the rain intensified during the break between, forcing a prolonged postponment. With qualifying and the race being run late in the afternoon to accommodate European television audiences, twilight started approaching, and the stewards ultimately chose to abandon qualifying for the time being, rescheduling the final two sessions for Sunday morning.
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:44.657||1:36.745||1:27.407||1|
|2||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:44.472||1:36.524||1:27.827||2|
|9||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:45.601||1:36.901||1:29.305||9|
|12||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:47.330||1:38.134||12|
|13||18||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:44.871||1:38.778||13|
|14||19||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:46.450||1:39.042||14|
|21||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1:49.519||21|
|107% time: 1:50.616|
- Template:Note — Charles Pic failed to set a time within 107% of the fastest time in the session, but was allowed to start by the race stewards.
Championship standings after the raceEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix". Formula1.com. Formula One Management. http://www.formula1.com/races/in_detail/australia_893/. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- ↑ "FIA Formula One calendar". FIA.com. Fedération Internationale de l'Automobile. http://www.fia.com/championship/formula-1-world-championship/2013/calendar. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- ↑ "2013 Formula One calendar". Formula1.com. Formula One Management. http://www.formula1.com/races/calendar.html. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- ↑ Straw, Edd (1 December 2012). "HRT fails to find buyer before 2013 Formula 1 entry deadline". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/104673. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- ↑ "2013 Formula One Sporting Regulations" (PDF). FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. http://www.fia.com/sites/default/files/regulation/file/1-2013%20SPORTING%20REGULATIONS%2031-10-2012.pdf. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
- ↑ Benson, Andrew (15 November 2012). "Free use of DRS device banned in practice and qualifying for 2013". BBC F1 (BBC). http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formula1/20351041. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- ↑ Collantine, Keith (16 March 2013). "FIA telemetry glitch causes DRS problems". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2013/03/16/fia-telemetry-glitch-drs-problems/. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
- ↑ Collantine, Keith (13 February 2013). "Pirelli changes tyre choices for Australia and Bahrain". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2013/02/13/pirelli-tyre-choices-australia-bahrain/. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- ↑ Collantine, Keith (16 March 2013). "Australian GP qualifying postponed to Sunday morning". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2013/03/16/australian-gp-qualifying-postponed-sunday-morning/. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
- ↑ .
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