Rate the race: 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

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388 comments on Rate the race: 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

  1. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 24th March 2013, 9:51

    I feel really sorry for Rosberg (I feel he should’ve been allowed to pass) but the strategy was thoroughly interesting and the Red Bull’s fighting at the front was brilliant! I was quite disappointed though with the ridiculous number of pit-stop foibles – Force India in particular just looked amateurish.

    On another note though, what was Fernando Alonso (and Ferrari) thinking? It was a mistake on Alonso’s part for hitting Vettel but it wasn’t a huge issue and he should’ve just pitted – instead though he failed to finish quite spectacularly.

    • panache (@panache) said on 24th March 2013, 9:56

      Hahah the race had so much drama and action that I completely forgot about Alonso. All his fault it has to be said. I was shouting at the screen when he didn’t pit at the end of lap one. It was always going to end badly. Even if his wing stayed fixed he would get a flag (is it black and orange?) for dangerous car and would be forced to pit anyway.

      • @panache – yes, you are right with the black and orange flags and I agree entirely – his team should’ve seen the screens and told him to pit. The only reason I could see for him staying out is if he was trying to not go onto another set of inters, but that’s hardly a reason now considering he failed to finish!

        • M Dickens (@sgt-pepper) said on 24th March 2013, 10:27

          (@vettel1) (@panache) Why did Alonso decide to stay out? Seems strange, he’s normally very good at strategy etc.

          • @sgt-pepper

            Why did Alonso decide to stay out?

            It’s beyond me also! I could only conceive the possibly he was trying to do as I have said above (that seems to be Alonso’s sentiment) but they should have recognised the fact it wasn’t going to stay on and so if he hasn’t crashed he would’ve still lost spadefulls of time – it seemed a bit suicidal keeping him out to me.

            Dissapointed Webber didn’t give Vettel a well deserved punch in the face after his “I’m in the middle” smugness.

            That would’ve broken the tension at least!

    • M Dickens (@sgt-pepper) said on 24th March 2013, 10:23

      (@vettel1) Absolutely agree with you on feeling bad for Rosberg, though I’ll hand it to Hamilton that he admitted Rosberg deserved it on the podium.

      Dissapointed Webber didn’t give Vettel a well deserved punch in the face after his “I’m in the middle” smugness.

    • On another note though, what was Fernando Alonso (and Ferrari) thinking? It was a mistake on Alonso’s part for hitting Vettel but it wasn’t a huge issue and he should’ve just pitted – instead though he failed to finish quite spectacularly.

      To be fair, I can’t find a reasonable explanation for why they did not pit him! I mean, it’s clear it was simply a gamble in order to try and stay out a couple more laps and switch to the slicks but there was NO WAY (and I mean NO!!! way in hell) that front wing would have held on on the straights. Wheter that was Alonso’s decision or the teams, it doesn’t really matter now.

      To be fair, Alonso couldn’t actually see the state his front wing was in anyway so Stella shouldn’t even have given him the option to stay out. They simply took a gamble they couldn’t afford.

      • @tony031r

        To be fair, Alonso couldn’t actually see the state his front wing was in anyway so Stella shouldn’t even have given him the option to stay out. They simply took a gamble they couldn’t afford.

        Agreed – it was a simple option in my view: stay out and have the front wing fall off or come in and have the opportunity to salvage some points. A bit of a no-brainer don’t you think?

        • or come in and have the opportunity to salvage some points

          And he easily would have, considering Massa’s pace on the mediums and the fact that many hit trouble of sorts out there. Dumb. Simply dumb.

  2. Dimitris 1395 (@dimitris-1395) said on 24th March 2013, 9:51

    I quite liked for the first 40 laps, especially when Vettel passed Webber. The ending was miserable though. And not even slightly fair…. 5/10

  3. Kobayashi24 (@kobayashi24) said on 24th March 2013, 9:51

    4/10

  4. carbon_fibre (@carbon_fibre) said on 24th March 2013, 9:51

    Utterly boring unitl the Vettel/Webber duel. 7/10

  5. Gabriel (@naylamp) said on 24th March 2013, 9:51

    and you were afraid of team orders from ferrari. haha.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 24th March 2013, 9:52

      @naylamp – I assume you mean from Mercedes? If so, yes I dislike what they did.

    • Sviatoslav Andrushko (@) said on 24th March 2013, 10:13

      It was clearly demonstrated through the race that Massa isn’t a leader at Ferrari. He was nowhere comparing to the leaders. Apparently, Domenicali has to claim Massa is second.

      • Gabriel (@naylamp) said on 24th March 2013, 10:46

        Well, he always has been mediocre in wet conditions and apparently Ferrari is not that good with low temperatures. I’ll wait until a proper dry race before I come to a conclusion.

        • caci99 (@caci99) said on 24th March 2013, 11:15

          I am sorry, but… what are you saying? Ferrari bad at low temperatures? How low were the temperatures today?? And what about a week ago in Melbourne?
          Massa is just and average driver, he had the chance today to show what he can do, but he didn’t. I am more convinced after today race that his only preoccupation is Alonso. The start was horrible. And after Alonso got out of the picture, he just drove his mediocre race.

  6. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 24th March 2013, 9:51

    The first half was a 10/10, the second half was a 2/10. So 6/10 overall.

  7. zicasso (@zicasso) said on 24th March 2013, 9:52

    team orders made it too uncomfortable even for me a massive LH fan. Hope Nico gets this favour back soon.

    • PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 24th March 2013, 9:59

      Thinking the same. Even though I want Hamilton to do better, not like this. I don’t want to see both those drivers in bad favour to each other. The driver with the better pace at the time should really be getting past. He could have easily eased passed with Hamilton needing fuel saving.

      Question is, did he actually need to save fuel, or was it just a way to give Rosberg a message to stay behind ‘fairly.’

      • sonia luff (@sonia54) said on 24th March 2013, 10:58

        Not the first time Hammy has been fuelled light is it

      • Damien Blackman (@hyakuyagami) said on 24th March 2013, 12:03

        Hamilton was saving fuel for practically half the race, I truly wonder if they made such a large error in fueling and whose all was it. If it was a team call then Rosberg would have been similarity under fueled and dialing it up to charge would also have put him in dire straits. The fact remains he obviously had more on board at the time and could have safely gotten by Hamilton.

        There is another thing to consider, while it was not his fault he had a failure in AUS, Rosberg was behind in the driver championship at the time and while Mercedes would have the same overall tally for the race taking 3 points off Hamilton may make the difference between a flashy position in the drivers championship and falling to the wayside. Lets not forget Vettel beat Alonso by 3 points in the last Championship.

        Not saying I expect Hamilton to win the championship but Mercedes do need to really justify the decision to bring him on for that fat salary and the best way is to flatter their driver at every point.

  8. Häkkimi (@feynman) said on 24th March 2013, 9:52

    Exciting race despite team orders near the end.

    Some questionable events though:

    -Alonso staying out??
    -STR letting Vergne go, feel sorry for Pic
    -Force India pit stop fail….
    -Hulkenberg making slight contact with Raikkonen, luckily nothing happened

    Good race from Grosjean and Webber

  9. Nomad Land (@nomadland) said on 24th March 2013, 9:53

    Possibly the most political race since “Crashgate”.

    • himmatsj (@himmatsj) said on 24th March 2013, 10:57

      But we didn’t know it was political then, did we? I’d wager to say this is the most political race in F1 history.

      • plushpile (@plushpile) said on 25th March 2013, 0:08

        More political than the Prost-Senna or Mansell-Piquet battles of the 80s with drivers getting preferential engines, (generally) fewer pit stops…
        Less political than Austria 2002? USA 2002?
        Somehow I doubt it.
        Intriguing none the less, will be a very interesting few weeks between now and China

  10. Chris (@f1-98) said on 24th March 2013, 9:53

    I gave it a 9/10 can someone tell me why Mercedes didn’t let Rosberg by Hamilton he was faster?

  11. Peter_GH said on 24th March 2013, 9:53

    Far too much tyre saving, DRS made passing far too easy in most instances & the 2 DRS zones caused artificial/gimmickey passing/re-passing in a few different cases which just showed how utterly ridiculous the DRS placement was.

    Red Bull fight was good, Mercedes team orders sucked!

    4/10.

    • Matty No 2 (@mattynotwo) said on 24th March 2013, 9:59

      DRS worked fine, can’t see what you’re all upset about, VET even made his race winning pass in a non DRS area.

      • Peter_GH said on 24th March 2013, 12:42

        DRS didn’t work fine, It made passing stupidly easy again in most cases!

        Yeah Vettel’s pass was outside the DRS zone & thats exactly why it was so fun to watch, However most of the other passes were made far too easy purely because of this stupid gimmick!

  12. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 24th March 2013, 9:53

    2 out of 10. One for Bianchi, half for Vettel-Webber duel, half for Massa’s late charge. Team orders led to -ve points.
    Vettel’s demeanour was as bad as Mercedes’s. Rosberg should have been allowed to pass. The two of them were so slow that they lost over 3 seconds in the last lap to Massa.

    • The Next Pope said on 24th March 2013, 10:05

      Here we go again, Bianchi really?
      How about Grosjean and Hulkenberg? Bottas surely deserves a mention?

      • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 25th March 2013, 7:29

        Yep, Bianchi really. Bottas did pretty well. Hulkenberg only proved what we’ve known so far, that he’s good in changeable conditions. Grosjean was made to look like a king by a Finn who stuggled like a pig..

  13. tasimana said on 24th March 2013, 9:53

    In normal circumstances the man in front has the choice to pit first when both front runners are from the same team. Seb clearly ignored protocol here and shows he’s prepared to win at any cost. Great race though. Webber unlucky but so was Rosberg which was team orders. Multiple 21.

  14. Matty No 2 (@mattynotwo) said on 24th March 2013, 9:54

    I was shocked at how much fuel HAM needed to save. Shocking battle between the Red Bull drivers. Will be interesting how that one pans out. I voted 7.

  15. pinakghosh said on 24th March 2013, 9:55

    What did Mercedes/Ross Brawn do? Utterly disgusting. Rosberg was robbed of a podium in broad daylight.
    Absolutely sorry for Mark. He did a brilliant job at the start. His teammate does not understand the meaning of holding station.

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