Rate the race: 2013 Australian Grand Prix

2013 Australian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Melbourne, 2013What did you think of today’s race? Share your verdict on the Australian Grand Prix.

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Rate the 2013 Australian Grand Prix out of ten

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  • 5 (2%)
  • 6 (9%)
  • 7 (25%)
  • 8 (39%)
  • 9 (19%)
  • 10 (5%)

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273 comments on Rate the race: 2013 Australian Grand Prix

  1. smokinjoe (@smokinjoe) said on 17th March 2013, 7:59

    6 / 10 good race but nothing special,nice to see that bulls are not that mighty in the race pace and we would have thought,but looks like williams and mclaren have really gone backward btw great drive from sutil after a year off sadly get undone by poor tyre strategy from FI

  2. Ryan Williams (@ryanwilliams) said on 17th March 2013, 8:00

    7/10 Exciting opening few laps, slight lull in the middle. 2nd half was very entertaining with Alonso, Vettel and Kimi duelling and trying to make their strategies work though. Great to see several cars having chances to win/get on the podium throughout the race, looks like we’re definitely in for another great season!

  3. magon4 (@magon4) said on 17th March 2013, 8:00

    Hate these tyres! They can help a race, but they can destroy it, too! Even SS should last at least 15 laps, come on Pirelli! Ridiculous how Sutil suffered just because he had new tyres on.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 17th March 2013, 8:03

      Ridiculous how Sutil suffered just because he had new tyres on.

      Usually being on new tyres benefits that driver.

      • Ridiculous how Sutil suffered just because he had new tyres on.

        That’s exactly my thoughts as well. He’s one of the guys that simply had the performance come to them backwards from the tyres. He was lapping faster than Alonso, Massa and Vettel with mediums 10+ laps older than what they had fitted and then he gets a train of super-softs on in order for them to last one lap and be 2-3 sec. off the mediums’ pace. Ridiculous.

        Third stint, Ferrari and Red Bull made the mediums work for 13-15 laps, Lotus for 20-some-30 and still, Raikkonen managed to put in faster laps than both Alonso and Vettel.

        It’s true the conditions didn’t help either and that Pirelli made the wrong choice bringing the super-softs here, instead of softs…but this extremely wide performance range made available for different teams shouldn’t happen, really.

    • andae23 (@andae23) said on 17th March 2013, 9:27


      Ridiculous how Sutil suffered just because he had new tyres on.

      The reason Sutil lead twice during this race was because the cars in front of him had already done a supersoft stint. He was very aware that he would have to drive on the supersofts too, so taking that into cosideration, he couldn’t have ended higher than 5th anyway.

  4. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 17th March 2013, 8:02


    Quite enjoyed that. Really happy to see Kimi win, and Fernando beat Vettel.

    – Kimi winning

    – Close racing all up and down the field

    – Massa returning to form

    – Only seeing Vettel’s finger once a weekend is better than twice. Especially if it’s on a saturday. (Sunday morning)

    - TOO MANY PITSTOPS – Pirelli brought the wrong tyres. Should have brought the soft. Not the super softs.

    – Lewis’s lack of race pace

    • Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 17th March 2013, 8:02


      Sutil deserved to finish 5th or 6th.

    • Pandaslap (@pandaslap) said on 17th March 2013, 9:05

      You hit the nail right on the head. Bringing the super-softs made no sense on this track. Drivers had everything to lose and nothing to gain by using them.

      How on earth are races like Monaco and Canada going to work this year with the super-softs behaving as they do?

      • Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 17th March 2013, 10:29

        Agreed. They made entirely the wrong choice. I can see why they made the choice, because the majority of corners are slow/medium speed corners.

        But it was just 1 step too soft. It could have been a 9 or 10 had they brought a combo of soft/mediums or soft/hards.

    • J. Jonah Jameson (@j-jonah-jameson) said on 17th March 2013, 18:41

      @tophercheese21 You are right about the tyre assesment. Pirelli was aware of the situation from the beginning, they wanted it that way (as Brundle analysed). Pirelli did not want this to turn to a 1 stopper or a 2 stopper, hence they did not want to bring the Soft. If they did, how many of us would be talking about tyres today…
      Having said that, Pirelli would only continue this mayhem for the first 5-6 races, at the later part of the season, it would revert to conservative tyres, like it did last year…

  5. tmekt (@tmekt) said on 17th March 2013, 8:04

    A strong 8.

    If this race would’ve happened in like 10 years ago, it would be rated as a classic among the like of Suzuka ’05 and others. Now, it being only an 8 tells you a lot about how great era this is in the history of F1, despite of the all Pirelli-DRS-whining really.

    It’s kind of amazing how people don’t see this.

    • David not Coulthard (@) said on 17th March 2013, 8:38

      I’d like the DRS to be used whether or not any car is in front of you. You’re right about the tyres, though (Though I can’t disagree this, though. If only teams aren’t allowed to solve it as the season goes.

    • Häkkimi (@feynman) said on 18th March 2013, 15:07

      “Now, it being only an 8 tells you a lot about how great era this is in the history of F1″
      I completely agree tmekt

  6. Matty No 2 (@mattynotwo) said on 17th March 2013, 8:05

    I think it was pretty good, really should have been a safety car Maldondo to tighten things up at the front.

  7. Duncan Smith (@f1bettingguru) said on 17th March 2013, 8:05

    Boring race to be honest, they were all driving like District Nurses mostly. Whoever’s got Perez’s and Grosjean’s balls please give them back for Malaysia!

    Webber needs replacing, what a bore.

    Massa really surprised me, looks very focused, dodgy pit wall decisions there unfortunately.

    All the rookies behaved themselves and finished, well done to them. Bianchi a cut above the rest IMO.

    Had a £10 bet on Kimi to win at 20/1 though, and £5 on Alonso for Podium so not all bad!

    • tmekt (@tmekt) said on 17th March 2013, 8:30

      Congrats on the bets.

      I myself had Kimi for the win and both Vettel and Alonso in the top-5 in the prediction championship.

      • Duncan Smith (@f1bettingguru) said on 17th March 2013, 8:42

        Cheers, forgot to mention that I had the following bets too:

        Rosberg to be 1st retiree – £5
        Rosberg to get fastest lap – £5 (covering myself!)
        2 cars to retire on Lap 1 – £5
        Safety Car to be deployed – £5
        Alonso to be Lap 1 leader – £5

        Still made a nice profit! Can’t believe there was no safety car, almost got it right with Rosberg. He’s got dodgy DNF history in the past few races plus his gearbox went tits up in practice. Was considering Hulkenberg for first retiree, since he’s failed to ever complete 1 lap in Australia but decided against it, Doh!

    • J. Jonah Jameson (@j-jonah-jameson) said on 17th March 2013, 18:43

      Whoever’s got Perez’s and Grosjean’s balls please give them back for Malaysia!

      @f1bettingguru That was classic… take a bow

  8. Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 17th March 2013, 8:05

    7 for me – very intriguing in regards to the battle for the win, aided by the flexibility in strategies. Not much on-track/wheel-to-wheel action bar the few overtakes. At least Red Bull didn’t run and hide, so on that aspect I couldn’t ask for anymore in the inaugural race for hopefully a great season.

  9. Oleksii (@goodkraft) said on 17th March 2013, 8:07

    Thank you, Kimi! But McLaren.. oh

  10. Jared H (@thejaredhuang) said on 17th March 2013, 8:09

    Anyone watch it on Sky? Is it me or did Croft and Brundle completely forget that Raikkonen was on a 2 stop when they said Alonso was in position to win? This was before Raikkonen’s 2nd stop when Alonso was pushing. Also Massa should have tried the 2 stop.

  11. jonners99 (@jonners99) said on 17th March 2013, 8:14

    9/10 really strong first race of the season with lots of great strategy and drives.

    My top 3:
    Adrian Sutil
    Jules Bianchi
    Kimi Raikkonen

    ABV – Anyone But Vettel in 2013

    • Primalogy said on 17th March 2013, 18:06

      ABV and hopefully Alonso :)

      I am rooting for Bianchi too, the only backender who was 1Lap behind the leaders as opposed to 2Laps for the other three guys.

  12. Harry Westwood (@sirspuddington) said on 17th March 2013, 8:23

    10/10, kept me entertained the whole way through. I know that the lead was decided quite early but still there were other battles all the way through the field which IS quite enjoyed. Feel sorry for Sutil, the FI seems to have terrible pace and wear on the super softs, and massa although I think he said he wanted to do a 2 stopper, so the team let him try and when they saw his laptime they thought nah and brought him in but by then it was too late. Looking forward to the next race at Sepang :D

  13. synapseza (@synapseza) said on 17th March 2013, 8:28

    8/10. Very entertaining race, but a closer finish could have made the last 10 laps better. Feels like the teams came prepared but FIA and FOM dropped the ball. FOM with the coverage – very little midfield/backmarker action shown. For example: Vergne was up in 7th at one stage and doing fastest laps and it happened off-screen. FIA for not finding a solution to the telemetry issue and having blue flags shown to random cars.

  14. Yoshisune (@yobo01) said on 17th March 2013, 8:30


    I think it is clear that bringing the super softs was not the right decision. Anyway, we saw good racing, very few mistakes and there was an interesting battle for P1. The tyres ruined the show a little bit, they were really weak in the first half of the race.

  15. It was a genuine race all the way through up until the last few laps. The racing was clean throughout and there were no strategies ruined by random safety cars. 8/10

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