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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  • 6 (9%)
  • 7 (25%)
  • 8 (39%)
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273 comments on Rate the race: 2013 Australian Grand Prix

  1. David not Coulthard (@) said on 17th March 2013, 8:32

    Well, as a Vettel fan I was not ecstatic to see him getting 3rd, and I wasn’t happy to see Massa finishing behind Alonso (people got bored of Vettel winning, somehow, someway I got bored of seeing Alonso ahead of Massa :) ). I’m really happy for Kimi, though.

    IX/X. The Force India in the lead, The way Kimi won (and the fact that pretty much nobody saw it coming), and, as a bonus, how Kimi drank some of the champagne before spraying it (as he’s alwas done), was great.

    Alonso’s undercut was also lovely, but read my first sentence (If only Massa did that).

  2. Gave it an 8. Realy enjoyed it and red bull didn’t dominate whoo. Good result for alonso, Hamilton and both marussias so I’m happy:)

  3. JenniKate (@jennikate) said on 17th March 2013, 8:35

    I’m very happy with the win, Raikkonen drove his usual calm controlled race & Lotus provided a good car and strategy. There were some good strategic moves and a few decent overtakes but somehow, overall it felt a bit flat.

    Maybe it was the coverage, maybe it was just the early morning (I’m in the UK), but I don’t feel it was as interesting as races such as Valencia, US, Brazil & more from last year.

    • Duncan Smith (@f1bettingguru) said on 17th March 2013, 8:46

      I felt it was a bit flat too, don’t think the coverage was great, not many shots of the midfield. I was expecting fireworks with 5 rookies but they all behaved themselves!

      Sepang will be better!!

  4. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 17th March 2013, 8:36

    7 The middle sector was a bit boring it always kept us on the edge of our seat predicting WHAT WILL HAPPEN

  5. tvm (@) said on 17th March 2013, 8:38

    2/10, even worse cruising than last year, all about tire management, no racing.

  6. AndresM (@andresm) said on 17th March 2013, 8:41

    Great race 8/10 to me.

    Is it me, or Bianchi is a guy to follow? I would say he has done a great job

  7. Illusive (@illusive) said on 17th March 2013, 8:41

    Raikkonen & Alonso were clinical, nice start to the season. Sutil what a comeback, he has always consistently scored for FI, just luck eludes him.

  8. Win7Golf (@win7golf) said on 17th March 2013, 8:48

    Congrats to Kimi for a great and solid race win!!! Great start for Lewis with Mercedes!!! Great races to come!!!

  9. montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 17th March 2013, 8:51

    9/10-Great race all round!!!

    Had it all: overtaking, differing strategies, slippery surface with threat of rain, and no stupidity even from the rookies apart from the predictable Crashtor Stupidado.

    Great driving performances through the field as well with Kimi obviously the best of all. But honorable mention is Sutil-love how he shut some mouths which deserved to be shut with a bang

    Bad part for me: Webber’s awful start with KERS problems again! Good drive after that to recover most of the points but still lost at least 2 places with that. It just keeps happening to him in Australia. Same as Barrichello in Brazil

    Red Bull should sort out their KERS soon. Vettel’s failed in practice, now MW’s in the race. If the championship is close, they could lose it ’cause of that

    • Eric (@mcl75) said on 17th March 2013, 20:54

      Haha, Pastor’s crash is not entirely his fault from what I saw. The car spun coming out of a straight—well before the corner—with little or no input from him whatsoever. That is just a bad, bad car.

      The rest of your comments are spot-on with mine. Webber seemed off his practice/qualifying paces the entire race. Kimi was absolutely surgical. Nothing fancy, just consistency. Sutil though, there’s the story. Especially as he fought to stay on the medium (?) tires as the sky grew darker and his crew kept radioing him to expect rain any second, even though it never came. Also, glad to see he and Hamilton compete. Their opinions of each other may be leagues apart after the trial, but nothing underhanded occurred from where I sat.

  10. mateuss (@mateuss) said on 17th March 2013, 8:51

    Good solid race (8/10). At first it seemed that the DRS effect in the race has decreased since the new rules, but it changed as the race went on. Surprised how spread out the cars were at the end.

    • Eric (@mcl75) said on 17th March 2013, 20:50

      Vettel’s use of DRS against Alonso around the mid-40’s/early-50’s was curious. If i’m remembering correctly (3:30AM at the time), it did absolutely nothing. I believe the commentary was to the effect of, “Vettel’s DRS is engaged as he fights for the top-speed necessary to overtake Alonso. But where, exactly, is that top-speed going to be gained?”

  11. andae23 (@andae23) said on 17th March 2013, 9:11


    What a great opening race this was! There maybe aren’t that many memorable moments like special overtakes, collisions or spins, but the fight for the lead was just incredible. At about 25% distance, I thought this was going to be a battle between Vettel, Massa and Alosno on 3-stop and Hamilton and Rosberg on 2-stop. Unfortunately, Ferrari decided to bring in Massa first (which was unjustified in my opinion, as he pitted after Alonso for his first stop but before him for his second stop), which meant he was no longer in contention – still great to see he is back to his old form.

    At 50% distance, it was becoming a race between Alonso, Vettel, Raikkonen and Hamilton (I never really considered Sutil as he still had the dreaded supersoft stint). It was a great strategic battle, or perhaps a battle of tire saving. Raikkonen did fantastically: Hamilton couldn’t do a 2-stop, but Raikkonen pulled it off. As he said: it was easy, and that’s probably the best way to describe it as he has never actually had to push during that race. The biggest conclusion we can draw from this race is that there are four teams that are well capable of winning the race. This is shaping up to be a fantastic championship!

    One remark on the tires: we have had discussion about the supersoft tire when it was announced and indeed they were utterly useless. This has been an experiment from Pirelli and clearly it didn’t work, so let’s hope we will never see tires last only 3 laps ever again!

    • andae23 (@andae23) said on 17th March 2013, 9:18

      I forgot to mention DRS: finally – after two long years, DRS worked the way it is supposed to work! We didn’t see many passes on the pit straight, but the trailing cars were able to close the gap. Then in the shorter DRS zone they were able to just get alongside the leading car and sometimes managed to pass him. I’m still not a fan of DRS, but if it will work the way it worked today for the rest of the season, I hereby promise I will not complain about DRS anymore.

      • yuki_HCA said on 17th March 2013, 14:43

        Today DRS worked just like it has on this circuit since 2011, Still too overly effective in some cases but overall not so bad.

        When we get to tracks with longer straghts & zones we’ll be back to the DRS-fest’s. Im dreading places like Sepang, Montreal, Spa & USA with 2 zones.

    • andae23 (@andae23) said on 17th March 2013, 11:44

      (which was unjustified in my opinion, as he pitted after Alonso for his first stop but before him for his second stop)

      Whoops, I mean the other way around

  12. Daniel Fidelis (@d-f1delis) said on 17th March 2013, 9:13

    Ferrari screwing Massa in benefit of Alonso, and Pirelli making extremely soft tyres and the wrong combination…

    • apole said on 17th March 2013, 12:57

      Get your facts right, they didn’t screw Massa, Alonso outsmarted Massa. Google it or way till Keith put Massa’s declarations here.

      • Daniel Fidelis (@d-f1delis) said on 17th March 2013, 15:38

        I don’t need to google it. I am smart enuff to understand a race and the “Ferrari’s way” to change positions…
        Alonso went to pit and Massa was said to stay out cause he got no traffic. But his tyres were already gone in terms of pace.

  13. mrgrieves (@mrgrieves) said on 17th March 2013, 9:55

    One of the better season opening races. 1 Really surprising winner since DC in 2005. Left plenty of questions about where the cars are going into Malaysia

  14. Tayyib (@m0nzaman) said on 17th March 2013, 10:26

    7/10 It was a very good race and a good start to the season. Some good battles up and down the field, A surprise leader and intruiging fight at the front. Great start!

  15. Martin (@aardvark) said on 17th March 2013, 10:36

    The Speedy Spaniard and the Dashing Deutschlander finagled by the Flying Finn.

    I gave it a 6, although i wouldn’t argue with a 7. It was a good, professional race, dominated by strategic calls and conservative driving rather than outright wheel-bashing racing.

    The points positions were sorted five laps from the end. There was no last-moment glory, no storming drive from the back of the grid, no newcomer making a name for himself, no spectacular offs. A few good passing moves and an impressive drive from Sutil were all that lifted it above average.

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