Rate the race: 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Start, Sepang, 2013What did you think of the today’s race? Share your verdict on the Malaysian Grand Prix.

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Rate the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix out of ten

  • 1 (5%)
  • 2 (2%)
  • 3 (3%)
  • 4 (4%)
  • 5 (8%)
  • 6 (11%)
  • 7 (18%)
  • 8 (25%)
  • 9 (16%)
  • 10 (6%)

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388 comments on Rate the race: 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

  1. Martin (@aardvark) said on 24th March 2013, 12:06

    8/10. Plenty of wheel-to-wheel, no quarter asked or given, racing. Up front and in the midfield. That’s what I love to see. Wet and dry conditions. Also comedy and tragedy in the pits. Ham wrong box, Button’s wheel falling off, FI going nuts.

    I’m so sorry Alonso retired early. Bad mistake from Ferrari not to call him in, and denied us a thriller of him dicing the Red Bulls and Mercedeses in the leader group. And Kimi was a damp squib *sob*

    At least I called Maldonado’s tyre choice before the race. For Pastor Maldonado: hard–hard–knobbly x-country (Those tyres looked really knobbly with the samrties stuck to them after he went off.)

  2. Mads (@mads) said on 24th March 2013, 12:19

    I don’t get why people are voting it low because of what Vettel did. After all most of us voted Germany 2010 very low because of Ferrari’s use of team orders. Now because Vettel goes against team orders its also a bad race? What do you people want?
    Anyway. I really enjoyed the race. The fight between Merc and Red Bull was intense for most of the race and that Vettel vs Webber duel was heart-stopping. And it has certainly provided us with a lot of drama. All in all, a 9 from me. It was such an intense F1 experience. And a race which didn’t just show the happy face of F1 drivers drinking champaign driving fast and winning. It showed a darker side of F1. I liked that for a change.

    • himmatsj (@himmatsj) said on 24th March 2013, 12:25

      Low because Vettel doesn’t own up and stand up for the fact he did go against team orders. He is claiming he wasn’t aware of such orders instead. Very weak.

      • Michael Brown (@) said on 24th March 2013, 17:06

        Low because of what Vettel said after the race? I thought this was rate the race.

      • Mads (@mads) said on 24th March 2013, 17:10

        He is just pouring a big bucketfull of PR out of his ears to please the press and calm a few people.
        While I agree that it is the wrong thing to do. Personally I would have preferred if he had stood by his actions and admitted what he did.
        But that wasn’t a part of the race, and not something we should base our votes upon.

  3. z0rs (@hamilzors) said on 24th March 2013, 12:36

    Unfortunately, on FIA’s request, Pirelli has created this new type of racing.
    It’s not Formula One but Formula Delta (lap).
    The driver’s speed is dictated by the pit wall. As we saw today different teams are grouped on the circuit by the delta lap time set by the pit wall.

  4. James_G said on 24th March 2013, 12:49

    felt the drs was working too well today & the 2 zones were just dumb.

    i was watching the in-car feeds on sky today on my laptop & saw many cases of cars backing out of overtakes into the final corner in order to not be ahead at the next drs detection. drs is now starting to discourage good moves just because drivers don’t want to be the lead car, that isn’t right in my view.

    also am starting to get a bit fed up of all this tyre saving, i never could get into sportscar racing because i didn’t like that element of it so may stop watching f1 if it gets much worse.

  5. glenj (@glenj) said on 24th March 2013, 12:49

    6/10 Frustrating race as a Raikkonen fan. From the wet quali to hydraulic & DRS problems nothing seemed to go right. With Kimi & Alonso up at the front it wouldn’t have been so boring at times.

  6. James (@jamesf1) said on 24th March 2013, 13:07

    It was a 6 from me. It would have been higher if not for the politics at the end of the race.

  7. 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 24th March 2013, 13:07

    9/10 for thr race
    0/10 for the whinging afterwards

  8. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 24th March 2013, 13:23

    A lot of comments being negative about Vettel overtaking despite team orders, people being annoyed that Rosberg was told to stay behind Hamilton.

    Surely, they are both the same thing? You can’t be pleased with Rosberg had he got passed Hamilton, and ignored the team orders, and not be pleased about Vettel doing the same. I understand that they are different circumstances, to some extent, but very, very similar as well.

    Personally, though I felt that Webber deserved the win, I can see why Vettel did it. No-one wants to willingly finish behind their team mate, especially when seven points could be very valuable come the end of the season. Had I been Rosberg, I would have done the same. It may cause a rift, but in the end, these guys want to win the Championship for themselves. At times, you have to be a little selfish and ruthless in order to win the Championship. You can’t just hold back or give up places all the time, just because it’ll keep your team mate happy.

    I understand that the team want to be conservative and score good points across the board with both drivers, but these are arguably the best drivers in the world. Keep both informed about what is going on, and then you can’t be mad if you lose out in the end. The main problem here was that Vettel disobeyed without Webber knowing. Had the team been allowed time to inform Webber of Vettel’s sudden charge, then you wouldn’t necessarily be as mad in the end.

    It’s obviously a fine line, and easy to say in hindsight, but, for me to see Rosberg robbed of a podium was quite a bitter pill to swallow. More so than seeing Vettel win the race anyway. It did, however, create some hilarious tension after the race!

    • himmatsj (@himmatsj) said on 24th March 2013, 16:58

      There are two BIG differences:

      1) Rosberg actually overtook Hamilton two or three times right before he was asked to hold station. The opportunity was there, but because each time he overtook Hamilton into the final corner, Hamilton would use DRS himself to re-pass Rosberg on the front straight. A smarter move would obviously be for Rosberg to have taken Hamilton along the front straight.

      2) Webber was under the impression Vettel wouldn’t overtake him, and he also had his engine revs turned down. Hence, he was unprepared for the onslaught from behind. What if Webber was told that Vettel wasn’t backing off, and he turned up the revs to the normal levels and defended? He might even be able to pull away. And I think Webber then just backed off thinking Horner would order Vettel to return the position, but this never happened…

  9. Mclarengal (@mclarengal) said on 24th March 2013, 13:27

    The unpleasantness within teams ruined this race for me, particularly RBR. Christian Horner has a got a serious problem on his hands.

  10. There are some generous race graders here. This could have been a pretty good race, if not for the team orders spoiling it.

  11. Drezone said on 24th March 2013, 14:01

    Lets face it

    No matter who’s to blame you still walk away from this race with an empty feeling in your stomach

    Not good for the sport

    Ohhhh and if you want my opinion that was webbers race and rosbergs podium

  12. nemo87 (@nemo87) said on 24th March 2013, 14:03

    Bring back refuelling.

    • Dizzy said on 24th March 2013, 14:11

      Why would anyone want refueling to come back?

      Racing in the refueling era was awful as a lot of the ‘racing’ was done in the pits & it was been determined by the strategist’s running there computer simulations at the back of the garage.

      Its no coincidence that the amount of close racing & on-track overtaking plummeted from the very 1st race refueling was allowed.

    • Michael Brown (@) said on 24th March 2013, 17:09

      Back to 1 overtake per race then

  13. J Dubya (@j-dubya) said on 24th March 2013, 14:41

    3, only because there were some redeeming factors. I like Vettel, but it’s not racing when your temamte turns down the settings –LAME – WEAK. The podium guys looked like they were in trouble in the principals office. Brawn’s austensible reasons for holding Nico in position don’t pass the sniff test — it reeks of trying to manufacture media exposure for the product. If Brawn was so concerned about Hamilton’s fuel, let Nico by, let Hamilton draft down the DRS zones. With a double DRS zone the teams could learn something from cycling and alternate the draft to catch up or gap the field. Processional at the end team orders ignored and abided by spoiled the show.

  14. Oleksii (@goodkraft) said on 24th March 2013, 15:05


    great race, but Button’s pit and Vet/Ham driving…

  15. Fixy (@fixy) said on 24th March 2013, 15:32

    I was actually thinking of giving it a 9 because of the mighty battles in the lead between the RBRs and the Mercedes. But then I remembered Vettel took advantage of Webber, and that in fair conditions that wouldn’t have happened, and that we lost a brilliant battle between Rosberg and Hamilton. The racing was good, plenty of action going on, surprises in the pit lane, strategic variety, a beautiful race. It’s a pity the final laps spoilt the atmosphere.

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