No prizes for guessing the winner of the 2013 United States Grand Prix. Someone else will have to start winning soon before everyone thinks that the German / Austrian national anthem combo is simply obligatory when someone wins a race. It isn’t, but Bizet’s Carmen is always a welcome sound (for the record, Bizet was French).
I don’t need to tell you what sort of a start Mark Webber had. A classic start. Let’s hope he gets it right at Brazil next weekend.
Whoah dude! Safety car on lap 1
It doesn’t look good if you lose control of your car on lap 1 and plough it into the wall so badly you need a safety car. Luckily for F1 supply
teacher driver Heikki Kovalainen, it wasn’t him but instead it was piano playing and occasional bar brawler Adrian Sutil! Out came the safety car for a few laps as Sutil’s car was cleared away (sadly those marshall brooms are not yet capable of clearing away embarrassment).
Do you know what the black and orange flag signifies? Georgie Thompson certainly wouldn’t. Anyway, you don’t see it very much, but it’s a flag to basically say your car is BROKEN please pit to sort it out, like, now. Maldonado had the privilege of being shown the black and orange flag as a result of a ropey looking front wing.
Lewis Hamilton did not sound like a happy bunny in the early section of the race. Manage this, manage that, look after this, look after that – phrases that are not naturally in Hamilton’s repertoire.
Valtteri Bottas had a fine race indeed, eventually finishing in 8th place. Overtake of the race undoubtedly goes to Bottas for his brave move on Gutierrez.
We saw Webber hunt down Grosjean in the final few laps but to no avail – and then Hulkenberg almost had Alonso in the last lap of the race. Alonso isn’t 2nd place in this year’s World Championship for nothing.
Calling all JB fans – your favourite driver got one point. I know! ONE POINT! Result. Perez got 6 points #awkward.
“I Love You”
If your team made you a car that just won you your 8th consecutive race in a season then, yes, you too would declare your undying love for your team. Which is exactly what Vettel did as he took yet another win in 2013 (personally, I’ve stopped counting, but I’ve heard it’s rather a lot).
Vettel – “We have an incredible team spirit. Incredible, I’m so proud of you. I love you. YES! SHAKE AND BAKE!”
Gee whizz – the Results!
|Driver||Car||Team||Grid||Fastest Lap||Race Time|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||1||Red Bull||1||1:39.856||1:39:17.148||25|
|2||Romain Grosjean||8||Lotus||3||No time||+00:06.284||18|
|3||Mark Webber||2||Red Bull||2||No time||+00:08.396||15|
|4||Lewis Hamilton||10||Mercedes||5||No time||+00:27.358||12|
|5||Fernando Alonso||3||Ferrari||6||No time||+00:29.592||10|
|6||Nico Hulkenberg||11||Sauber||4||No time||+00:30.400||8|
|7||Sergio Perez||6||McLaren||7||No time||+00:46.692||6|
|8||Valtteri Bottas||17||Williams||9||No time||+00:54.509||4|
|9||Nico Rosberg||9||Mercedes||12||No time||+00:59.141||2|
|10||Jenson Button||5||McLaren||15||No time||+01:17.278||1|
|11||Daniel Ricciardo||19||Toro Rosso||10||No time||+01:21.004||0|
|12||Jean-Eric Vergne||18||Toro Rosso||14||No time||+01:24.574||0|
|13||Felipe Massa||4||Ferrari||13||No time||+01:26.914||0|
|14||Esteban Gutierrez||12||Sauber||20||No time||+01:31.707||0|
|15||Heikki Kovalainen||7||Lotus||8||No time||+01:35.063||0|
|16||Paul Di Resta||14||Force India||11||No time||+01:36.853||0|
|17||Pastor Maldonado||16||Williams||17||No time||lapped||0|
|18||Jules Bianchi||22||Marussia||19||No time||lapped||0|
|19||Giedo van der Garde||21||Caterham||18||No time||lapped||0|
|20||Charles Pic||20||Caterham||22||No time||lapped||0|
|21||Max Chilton||23||Marussia||21||No time||lapped||0|
|22||Adrian Sutil||15||Force India||16||No time||retired, 0 laps||0|