Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

2013 Malaysian Grand Prix summary

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Sepang, 2013Sebastian Vettel led a one-two for Red Bull in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

But there were clear signs of disharmony in the team after Vettel muscled his way past team mate Mark Webber in the final stint.

“You’ll have some explaining to do,” said race engineer Guillaume Rocquelin to him as his returned to the pits. Webber directed an angry glare at his team mate and said “multi 21, Seb?” as they waited to go onto the podium. He’d raised a middle finger at his team mate following the pass.

Webber took the lead of the race after Vettel made an early pit stop to switch from intermediate tyres. In the middle part of the race Vettel urged the team to move Webber out of the way as they came under threat from the two Mercedes.

But the threat from the silver cars receded as Lewis Hamilton was repeatedly told to save fuel. Team orders shaped that battle too, with Ross Brawn repeatedly ordering Nico Rosberg not to overtake his team mate. Unlike Vettel, Rosberg complied.

Felipe Massa was the only Ferrari in the points after Fernando Alonso went out on the second lap. He damaged his front wing trying to overtake Vettel, chose not to pit to have it changed, and paid the price when it failed on the pit straight.

The two Lotus drivers finished sixth and seventh, Romain Grosjean ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, the latter having two off-track moments at turn 12 during the race.

Sergio Perez finished ninth behind Nico Hulkenberg after a late pit stop. Team mate Jenson Button was running in the upper reaches of the points until his race was spoiled by an error in the pits. Jean-Eric Vergne claimed the final point.

A full report will be published here later.

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132 comments on Sebastian Vettel wins the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix

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  1. Adrian Newey and Christian Horner will have a bad headache. Multi 21 Seb, Multi 21.

  2. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 24th March 2013, 10:13

    Most awkward podium ever.

    That being said, damn Ferrari; so disappointing today.

    • Ha! Alonso should have pitted bu the team was not ready, tough luck. :D

      Stupid race though, one of the worst of the season, Alonso going off took away all the entertainment value, I’ll agree with you. I missed the podium, what was so awkward about it?

      • I personally think that Alonso deliberately to do that, because the track dried up quickly and he was waiting for slicks tyre time. but if that the case, I’m wrong.

        • Alonso should of pitted but webber cutting him up that finished off the wing was very naughty and we have seen penalties for much less.

          Speaking of which today showed a massive lack of consistency in penalties.

          1. Webbers move on alonso.
          2. The pit incident between caterham and STR being investigated after the race. why? that wouldnt happen if it was merc vs RBR.
          3. Kimi crossed the white line exiting pits.
          4. Tho i have no problem with it. i see no difference between webbers squeezing of seb to wall to Michael doing it to Rubens. Personally both are fine but you cant penalise one and not the other.

          Tho overall sad at merc didnt let nico go. if it was for good of the team they would of told lewis to stay behind when rosberg passed him. But they didnt. Mercs attitude for me was worse than RBR.

          • Proesterchen (@proesterchen) said on 24th March 2013, 10:48

            I actually thought that was a brilliant move by WEB, having his wake finish ALO’s wing (and race).

          • are you serious?

          • Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 24th March 2013, 11:02

            Are you serious? Are you blaming Webber’s wake for Alonso’s retirement?! Perhaps you should lay the blame on Ferrari for gambling on staying out on track with a wing hanging by only one support pylon. Furthermore, are you aware of the enormous load that is applied on the front wing during braking? I’m pretty sure that’s what caused the failure. Personaly, I doubt Webber noticed or figured out he would finish Alonso’s wing using his aero wake, and even he did, why should he care if Alonso elected to continue depite having a clearly damaged car?

          • i did say alonso should of pitted, no question. But webber did move across him. Wing damaged or not, which then ended his race. Thats what happened. We have seen penalties for that. Mark had no need to do that. Im talking about consistency in rules which currently there is not.

            The wing would of broken totally earlier in the lap under the heavier stress points if it was going to.

            Yes alonso should of pitted 100%.

          • Proesterchen (@proesterchen) said on 24th March 2013, 11:25

            Yes, I’m serious about the route cause of the final, catastrophic failure (the wing was stable for almost a lap in clean air and had held on at higher speeds, it disintegrated the very moment WEB moved his car to the right in front of ALO; I’d argue that instead of the total loads, it’s the massive, rapid change of loads that put the system over the edge) and that it’d be a brilliant thing to do, had it indeed been intentional.

            No, I’m not blaming WEB, it’s clearly Ferrari’s and ALO’s fault for not coming in and replacing the broken wing.

          • you said its a brilliant move by webber. that was my are you serious comment. He would of looked really clever if alonso had slammed into the back of him when his wing broke.

            Alonso should of pitted. But webber ended his race with his move, tho it wasnt on purpose. But was needless.

          • panache (@panache) said on 25th March 2013, 8:22

            It is absolute madness trying to blame Webber for Alonso’s retirement. Nothing more to say.

        • smokinjoe (@smokinjoe) said on 24th March 2013, 10:47

          yes that the only logical reason i can think off but with broken wings and sparks flying off i dont think alonso could make it more then one lap, they should have pitted him ,for once alonso got it wrong

          • LosD (@losd) said on 24th March 2013, 11:14

            Alonso can’t see his front wing at all, so he had no chance to know how bad it was.

            This one sits 100% on the team.

        • @adityafakhri You are correct, that’s what happened.

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 24th March 2013, 10:21

      Given Massa’s recovery today, the decision of not pitting Alonso in the first lap costs them valuable points in both drivers and constructors championships

    • Yes, it took a little of the race, well if it is possible to take anything from nothing. The Ferraris weren’t good enough so pretty much irrelevant.

  3. auto_freak (@auto_freak) said on 24th March 2013, 10:16

    Now you can see the true differences between Vettel and Hamilton’s character. Hamilton acknowledges his team-mate’s better drive whereas Vettel remains ungrateful and devastatingly ruthless. Team Orders in F1 are back in full force and I’m also glad that Lewis has finally found a team that stands by him, sad for Nico though. Great racing, just wish Alonso didn’t have a DNF.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 24th March 2013, 10:21

      Team orders are not “back”, they were never really gone. But it does show how teams can run into trouble using them, and its good this gets out in the open.

      It will make for a very interesting dynamics in both teams. Not sure Brundle was right about Hamilton having something in his contract giving him 1st driver status, but its clear Rosberg will be testing the limits.

    • Proesterchen (@proesterchen) said on 24th March 2013, 10:22

      Are you arguing for slower drivers coming in ahead of their team mates thanks to team orders?

    • MNM101 (@mnm101) said on 24th March 2013, 10:24

      first thing is first, Respect to HAM for acknowledging ROS, as far as as Red Bull, just to remind you mark ignored team orders at Silverstone 2011 and attacked VET and couldnt make it stick and no one hacked at him for that, now that VET ignores team orders, passes WEB fairly and they give us one of the best battles in recent years, he is at fault? talk about double standarts.
      Seb pulled off one of the bravest moves i can remember anyone doing… Props to him and a well deserved win

  4. My key takeaways from the race:
    1) The Lotuses were not strong in the wet, similar to Q3. Is that a car issue or a setup issue?
    2) Red Bull’s team radio about gaps and the tires were interesting. It sounds like within a 2second or so gap of the car in front tire wear increases.
    3) It’ll be interesting to see if the RB/Merc team conflicts flares up again later in the season. Reminiscent of a certain Turkey race. Hopefully “Multi 21″ is the new “Not bad for a number two driver eh?”
    4) A bit anticlimactic finish after an incredible 40 or so laps. Hard to judge the performance of RB vs. Mercedes given the difference at the end compared to how close they were initially. Would have been incredible if Alonso was still going.

    My speculation:
    I’m wonder if we’re seeing a couple teams on the borders of tire temperatures and wear. If the Lotus generates less heat into the tire but then can’t heat the inters enough, it would explain their wet performance. It could also explain why Red Bull were concerned about the gaps. When you get into the dirty air behind a car, the tires will get less cooling. Pure speculation and I have actual evidence for any of that.

    • BaKano (@bakano) said on 24th March 2013, 11:02

      My opinion is that pace from Lotus on the wet is not extraordinary but too early to say it is bad. However that together with the starting position, killed their race. They made one less pit stop but unlike Melbourne the pace here reflected that (just see how much time Massa gained on them with new Medium tyres), but the time lost in the initial part of the race hurt them throughout the race. Because they spent the majority of it fighting with the pack, could never stretch their legs and used the tyres due to it.
      If they are to fight for race wins, they need to rise up their game in qualifying.

  5. Wallbreaker (@wallbreaker) said on 24th March 2013, 10:18

    Everyone’s talking about the heat in Malaysia but there was some ice age on the podium today.

    • What do you mean Ice Age on podium? damn I missed the podium, sounds like the only interesting part I missed today.

    • Klaas (@klaas) said on 24th March 2013, 11:39

      I agree, it’s like they were at a funeral not a celebration. Not even a smile.
      What an anticlimatic finish to a race that was expected to be sooo exciting. I think (hope) this race will get the lowest rating this season.
      The only good thing about this race was Bianchi – his 13th place could ensure Marussia’s 10th place in the WCC. In a race with so many retirements it was essential to finish in front of the Caterhams. Bravo Jules! Driver of the weekend for me.

  6. paul flinders said on 24th March 2013, 10:19

    Feel so sorry for mark webber. Did everything right in the race and for the TEAM!!! just a shame vettel didnt.!!!!

  7. ngelo said on 24th March 2013, 10:19

    seb was greedy

  8. ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 24th March 2013, 10:20

    Probably the most tension between podium finishers since Senna and Prost. O.O

  9. carbon_fibre (@carbon_fibre) said on 24th March 2013, 10:20

    Don’t be such cry babies, guys.Yes, Nico deserved 3rd place ,Hamilton admitted that. It is not like Mercedes is going to win a championship.Rosberg only lost 3 points.Plus, its very early in the season.We didn’t get to see one overtake between two strong team mates ,so what?
    Team orders are part of the game. Get over it.

    • if it was team orders for the good of the team why didnt lewis stay behind when nico passed him?? Nico was quicker.

      It was ‘lewis is no.1, nico whoever you are stay put boy’

      Team orders are fine. But that was team orders that made the team suffer. And like you say if they arent going to win title then why not let nico have ago at the RBR?

  10. ivz (@ivz) said on 24th March 2013, 10:20

    Lesson learnt for Ferrari. Alonso would have been luckier if the whole wing broke off early, and lost a heap of time driving back to the pits and being forced to take on a new wing, at least he would have still been in the race. He of all people knows it only takes a few points to lose a championship. Had it been just the end plate that fell off or something, yeah, keep going until they need to pit for slicks, but with the wing hanging off like that, far too risky. Its amazing that he managed to keep in front of Webber for almost a whole lap! That was also false hope, probably felt like he could have pushed just for an extra lap. Bad call by Ferrari.

  11. Eggry (@eggry) said on 24th March 2013, 10:20

    the comment of Vettel is disgusting(not deliberately, big mistake, apologies…). I’m pretty sure Red Bull would be never able to tame Vettel because he think he has the immunity while Webber doesn’t. Darker day of Red Bull than Turkey 2010.

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 24th March 2013, 10:30

      Even in the radio in the middle of the race he said “he is too slow,Get him out of my way !!!!”,and it was not the case after that Mark responded with a fastest lap of the race
      that’s disrespectful for a driver with the experience and the age of Mark Webber
      Well this was for some “Moralist” that they will still say “This is ridiculous, Felipe Fernando is faster that you!!!”

  12. NickV (@nickv) said on 24th March 2013, 10:20

    I can see why Mark is so angry, all the times he has had to yield behind Seb and then Seb dosn’t return the favour just once

  13. Malivis (@malivis) said on 24th March 2013, 10:21

    Fair enough from Vettel, honestly.

    I lost count of how many times Webber said he would disregard team orders a very long time ago. There isn’t much room for Webber to be on his high horse here.

    He made matters even worse on the podium; any chance he had of coming out looking like the bigger man in the eyes of this team was blown away when he accused them of protecting Seb.

    • OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 24th March 2013, 10:30

      You know, I really think Mark was very professional in the interview. I expected him to be far, far, far angrier. How do you think Barrichello or di Resta would’ve reacted? Or Alonso, Hamilton or Vettel himself for that matter?

    • Theoddkiwi (@theoddkiwi) said on 24th March 2013, 10:30

      So when team owner publicaly puts Webber down. When it’s clear Vettel was given a clear and specific in struction to hold position and he ignored it. Webber looks like the bad guy.

      • Malivis (@malivis) said on 24th March 2013, 11:11

        I believe Webber to look like A bad guy, for two reasons.

        1) Ever since 2010, he’s steadfastly said he would ignore team orders and would fight the championship to the wire. Hiding behind “multi-21″ is simply being a huge hypocrite. If Seb shouldn’t get the better of team orders because he wants to fight the championship tooth and nail, why should he?

        2) He took a dig at the team. A team which (from the sounds of things) was going to reprimand Vettel. It’s then hard for the team to come down on Mark’s side when he’s so very publicly accused them of picking Vettel over him. Which in this instance, seems to be completely wrong. If only he had heard the team radio.

        I’m not saying Vettel was a saint here. A more sportsmanlike driver probably wouldn’t have. However, I bet point (1) was definitely in his head, and what racing driver wouldn’t do anything to chase down a fourth consecutive WDC in light of that.

        • when has he ignored team orders. he could of today by carrying on racing. He lost a second a lap after vettel passed him. He slowed down as per team orders.

        • LosD (@losd) said on 24th March 2013, 11:24

          Webber lost out BECAUSE he followed team orders, while Vettel didn’t.

          The “ignore team orders” is from back when team orders were illegal, where he had every right not to follow them.

    • For all the tough-talking and angry-looking he habitually does, Webber isn’t deserving any more respect than Massa.

      As racing drivers, they both forfeited their integrity quite some time ago, and are ultimately lackeys to their teammates.

      The only difference is that Massa deals with this and maintains his self-esteem through denial, Webber through attitude.

    • Dion (@infinitygc) said on 24th March 2013, 10:39

      +1

    • SD (@sd) said on 24th March 2013, 11:37

      Webber slowed down and turned the engine down after being assured by the team twice that Seb would not overtake him; also, webber mentioned that teammates decide what to do in a particular scenario before the race. Seb completely ignored what was agreed upon. btw, if it was fairplay from vettel, y do u think he apologised so many times?

  14. carbon_fibre (@carbon_fibre) said on 24th March 2013, 10:23

    As a Ferrari fan I’ve got to say I’m shocked by the result. Wow.

  15. OEL F1 (@oel-f1) said on 24th March 2013, 10:27

    After everything that Red Bull has done for Vettel, from the backing in junior series to giving him a car capable of winning his 3 titles. The first time they ask him to do something for his team mate he just ignores them. What an awfully bad team player and risrespectful human being. Hope they sack him (as if).

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