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25px-AustraliaFLAG  2013 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 19 in the 2013 Formula One season
File:Circuit Albert Park 1996 infobox.svg
Date 17 2013 (2013-03-17)
Official name 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix[1]
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>
Weather Cloudy
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:27.407
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault
Time 1:29.274 on lap 56
Podium
First 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault
Second 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari
Third Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault

The 2013 Australian Grand Prix (formally known as the 2013 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix)[1] is a Formula One motor race that was held on 17 March 2013 as the opening round of the 2013 championship.[2] The race was held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit in the Albert Park suburb of Melbourne.[3] 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.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Following the collapse of HRT F1 in December 2012,[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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.

Tyre supplier Pirelli provided teams with the super-soft and medium compound tyres for the race, compared to the soft and medium selection offered in 2012.[8]

QualifyingEdit

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.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
1 1 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:44.657 1:36.745 1:27.407 1
2 2 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:44.472 1:36.524 1:27.827 2
3 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:45.456 1:36.625 1:28.087 3
4 4 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:44.635 1:36.666 1:28.490 4
5 3 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:43.850 1:36.691 1:28.493 5
6 9 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:43.380 1:36.194 1:28.523 6
7 7 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:45.545 1:37.517 1:28.738 7
8 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:44.284 1:37.641 1:29.013 8
9 14 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:45.601 1:36.901 1:29.305 9
10 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:44.688 1:36.644 1:30.357 10
11 11 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:45.930 1:38.067 11
12 15 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:47.330 1:38.134 12
13 18 22px-Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:44.871 1:38.778 13
14 19 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:46.450 1:39.042 14
15 6 25px-Mexicoflag Sergio Pérez McLaren-Mercedes 1:44.400 1:39.900 15
16 17 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:47.328 1:40.290 16
17 16 22px-Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:47.614 17
18 12 25px-Mexicoflag Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:47.776 18
19 22 22px-Flag of France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:48.147 19
20 23 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:48.909 20
21 21 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:49.519 21
107% time: 1:50.616
22 20 22px-Flag of France Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:50.626 22
Source:[9]
Notes
  • 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.

RaceEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 58 1:30:03.225 7 25
2 3 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 58 +12.451 5 18
3 1 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 58 +22.346 1 15
4 4 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari 58 +33.577 4 12
5 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 58 +45.561 3 10
6 2 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 58 +46.800 2 8
7 15 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 58 +1:05.068 12 6
8 14 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 58 +1:08.449 9 4
9 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 58 +1:21.630 10 2
10 8 22px-Flag of France Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 58 +1:22.759 8 1
11 6 25px-Mexicoflag Sergio Pérez McLaren-Mercedes 58 +1:23.367 15
12 18 22px-Flag of France Jean-Éric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 58 +1:23.857 13
13 12 25px-Mexicoflag Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 18
14 17 22px-Flag of Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 57 +1 Lap 16
15 22 22px-Flag of France Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 19
16 20 22px-Flag of France Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 56 +2 Laps 22
17 23 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 56 +2 Laps 20
18 21 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 56 +2 Laps 21
Ret 19 25px-AustraliaFLAG Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 39 Hydraulics 14
Ret 9 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 26 Electrical 6
Ret 16 22px-Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 24 Spun off 17
DNS 11 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 0 Fuel system 11
Source:[10]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos. Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 25
2 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 18
3 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel 15
4 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 12
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 10
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos. Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 30
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lotus-Renault 26
3 22px-Flag of Austria Red Bull-Renault 23
4 Flag of Germany Mercedes 10
5 22px-Flag of India Force India-Mercedes 10
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 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. 
  2. "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. 
  3. "2013 Formula One calendar". Formula1.com. Formula One Management. http://www.formula1.com/races/calendar.html. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  4. 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. 
  5. "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. 
  6. 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. 
  7. 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. 
  8. 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. 
  9. 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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