Rate the race: 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix

2013 Bahrain Grand Prix

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Rate the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix out of ten

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  • 3 (1%)
  • 4 (1%)
  • 5 (2%)
  • 6 (8%)
  • 7 (15%)
  • 8 (35%)
  • 9 (27%)
  • 10 (9%)

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262 comments on Rate the race: 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix

  1. 6/10 The track proved to be very good, it renders it self to fightbacks. The DRS proved to be overpowered and the tyres didn’t survived to the conditions ultimately hindering the race. There was no fight for the lead, Redbull and Vettel showed how good they are at Bahrain and that’s all fair but drama had a part on it. Ferrari had a glitch but they were looking at 2nd realistically. In the end a bit of a downer after qualifying.

  2. ScuderiaVincero (@scuderiavincero) said on 21st April 2013, 15:01

    Many things to take note of today.
    Di Resta really impressed me as he kept his podium chances alive.
    Perez even more so, as he went toe to toe with Button and Alonso.
    Hamilton, well what’s not to love about his aggressiveness (his efficient overtake on Perez got me as well). Alonso though, keeping himself in the points despite his DRS handicap, I do wonder how many on the grid could pull that off?

    I’ll definitely forgive the lack of battles for the lead today. Too impressed with the rest of the field to care.

  3. Leftie (@leftie) said on 21st April 2013, 15:02

    I gave it a 6, because the race result (podium, at least) was pretty readable within first 10 laps. And it turned out to be the case. There was no suspense whatsoever, but it was a mighty fine display of wheel-to-wheel racing down the field, absolutely fabulous.

  4. Keamo said on 21st April 2013, 15:03

    What a race! Throughly enjoyed it. I give it an 8.

  5. Roger2013 said on 21st April 2013, 15:03

    I gave it 6/10, would have been higher with DRS which really hurt the racing again today.

    There was lots of good racing outside DRS zones but down the main straght much of the DRS moves were too easy & it pretty much killed what was a thrilling fight in the early laps before DRS was turned on.

    I’d also suggest that Alonso’s race showed that we don’t need DRS, He was still able to make good overtakes without it & they were more exciting to watch than any anything the DRS created.

    • C.Logan said on 21st April 2013, 15:09

      i never really enjoyed that race to be honest.

      drs was silly and broke up some good fighting between drivers & the way the tyre strategy played out made the race very difficult to follow. you had drivers on different strategies who were racing each other despite not actually been anywhere near each other on the circuit & there was so many pit stops that it was hard to figure out who’s place was genuine & who was only there because of where strategy was at that point.

      ive been following f1 since 1982 & that was only the 2nd race i’ve struggled to follow, the other was istanbul 2011 which suffered a similar issue with the # of stops & way strategy played out.

      i think i will give it 3-10.

  6. Martin (@aardvark) said on 21st April 2013, 15:04

    7/10. Pity no fight for the lead, but good dices all the way down. Would have given it a 6 until the Webber-Hamilton scrap near the end. Good stuff.

  7. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 21st April 2013, 15:05

    I think Lap 1 and 2 for Vettel to me was just enough to show his class.

    Overtook 2 cars within that short period from start is no easy feat.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 21st April 2013, 19:47

      I agree, how can anyone argue that he should not have won after he scrapped his way to the front early on without destroying his tyres. Alonso may well have re-taken the lead had he not had his DRS problem.

  8. gradient (@gradient) said on 21st April 2013, 15:06

    The man of the race for me was Grosjean, loads of great passes today and showing speed one has seen he is been able to have before. Congrats to him! Great race in general with loads of exiting fights!

  9. TMF (@tmf42) said on 21st April 2013, 15:08

    9/10 good race – had wheel-to-wheel racing and strategy but DRS was again too much. 2 zones are ok if they make them shorter but overtaking without DRS is possible. Alonso and Vettel showed how it’s done.

  10. ramy (@ramysennaf1) said on 21st April 2013, 15:08

    when i say that vettel is the luckiest driver ever seen in single seated racing cars, i mean what i say, and that was proved today when all his rivals just have problems of whatsoever for him to finish the race without being chased and passed by!!!!! how can anyone disclose of this fact just tell me!!!!! the race is a 5/10 because of that fact, a race isn’t great until we see 3 drivers fighting for first and not SECOND place, come on!!!!

    • PieLighter (@pielighter) said on 21st April 2013, 15:11

      @ramysennaf1 Indeed – I thought Alonso had this one in the bag, and probably would have won had it not been for his DRS randomly breaking.

      • tmekt (@tmekt) said on 21st April 2013, 15:17

        I don’t think he would have had the pace to match Vettel (or maybe Lotuses even), DRS doesn’t make that big of a difference. Besides, Vettel drove the race without DRS as well (because he was at the front).

    • mnmracer (@mnmracer) said on 21st April 2013, 15:24

      Where were you in Valencia last year?

    • @ramysennaf1 10 or so years ago and before, when everything used to end up working perfectly like Red Bull and Vettel did today, it was admired. Now you’re calling it luck. Teams and drivers don’t just luck into those type of situations. They break their back working for it.

      At best, you could say a tinge of bad luck for Alonso as the DRS flap issue is a rare problem. But to keep beating the Lucky Vettel drum, c’mon!

  11. C.Logan said on 21st April 2013, 15:09

    i never really enjoyed that race to be honest.

    drs was silly and broke up some good fighting between drivers & the way the tyre strategy played out made the race very difficult to follow. you had drivers on different strategies who were racing each other despite not actually been anywhere near each other on the circuit & there was so many pit stops that it was hard to figure out who’s place was genuine & who was only there because of where strategy was at that point.

    ive been following f1 since 1982 & that was only the 2nd race i’ve struggled to follow, the other was istanbul 2011 which suffered a similar issue with the # of stops & way strategy played out.

    i think i will give it 3-10.

  12. Illusive (@illusive) said on 21st April 2013, 15:10

    Great battles in the midfield, so far the best race, i give it 8. Perez and Rosberg were positively aggressive, nice finish by Di Resta, hoped both FI finished in points, Alonso, bad luck.

  13. PieLighter (@pielighter) said on 21st April 2013, 15:10

    Was a good race, despite Vettel winning. Interesting to hear about the gods of thrash metal hanging around with McLaren.
    I find it funny how, after one race of Pérez finishing in front of Button, that a lot of people are calling for Pérez to be number 1. Seriously? The great racing between the two drivers showed that Pérez is back on form, and from the start until Button’s unscheduled 4th stop, they were never more than 2 or 3 corners apart.

    • HUHHII (@huhhii) said on 21st April 2013, 15:16

      @pielighter – What? Where did you see gods of Thrash Metal? I didn’t see Belladonna or Scott Ian there… Odd :/

    • socalf1fan (@socalf1fan) said on 22nd April 2013, 0:24

      If you were in the live chat, I for one said “will Perez be #1?” But my tongue was firmly planted in my cheek. That said, he did outrace and, perhaps, outmuscle Button rather thoroughly today.

      I’m a Button fan, but as an American, checo is the closest to “home team” I have (though Alexander Rossi put in a good show with a first race podium in GP2, so I have hope!). So I was happy to see him do so well.

  14. 23kennyboy23 said on 21st April 2013, 15:11

    I have a lot more respect for Vettel being able to pull away in the opening laps in the past. We’ve now seen Hamilton and Rosberg struggle to do so. I know his car is better but even so.

  15. Yoshisune (@yobo01) said on 21st April 2013, 15:13

    9/10. It’s a shame we didn’t have a battle for the lead, but the race was awesome. Tons of great battles, the opposite of what we saw in China.

  16. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 21st April 2013, 15:16

    8

    Easily the best race of the year.

    Pros:
    – Incredible pass from Vettel on Alonso on the opening laps.
    – Really exiting battles between multiple drivers for the entire race.
    – DRS could have been a bit shorter along the pit straight, but other than that it was spot on perfect.
    – Pirelli made the right choice of scrapping the soft tyre in favour of the medium. Provided drivers the ability to push and fight.
    – Good to see Sergio “getting his elbows out”, and being largely quicker than Button throughout the race.
    – Amazing fight back from Alonso after the DRS failure.
    – Lewis coming out of seemingly nowhere to take 5th on THE LAST LAP!!
    – Good too see Grosjean getting a podium.
    – Vettel’s helmet is just awesome!
    – Great defensive driving by Rosberg despite having a rather handicapped car in terms of pace.

    Cons:
    – Fernando’s DRS failure ruined his chances.
    – No competition for Vettel, but that’s hardly his fault.
    – Nico’s pace (or lack thereof)
    – Would have liked to see Massa get into the sharp end of the points, unfortunately the tyres just failed on him TWICE!
    – DRS on the pit straight could have been maybe 50m shorter, but really not too bad.

    All in all, a great race! Really enjoyed it! I sure hope that these set backs for Alonso don’t come back and bite him in the end.

    • Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 21st April 2013, 15:19

      Con:
      – Felt so bad for Paul Di Resta. He really deserved a podium today, but through no fault of his own, just didn’t happen.

      I’ve been critical of Paul, but can’t fault him today.

    • uan (@uan) said on 21st April 2013, 22:12

      @tophercheese21
      – Vettel’s helmet is just awesome!

      I’d agree – my favorite Vettel helmet and one of my favorite helmet’s in general. Now to be retired. :)

      • Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 22nd April 2013, 11:53

        @Uan I think he should keep using it for the rest of the season.

        It’s easily the best and most creative helmet on the grid, and in recent memory for that matter.

  17. Quantic-Dreams said on 21st April 2013, 15:16

    would have been a truly great race had it not been for the dumb racing system.

    had it not been for the drs we would have had a great scrap at the front instead of that been ruined as soon as the silly system was enabled.
    those 1st 3 laps were brilliant, then drs was on & we just saw a lot of easy drs passing once again, all too easy & completely soul-less. totally boring to see that sort of thing.

  18. Balaji (@armchair-racer) said on 21st April 2013, 15:16

    8/10 – Great race overall. The only disappointment was the one-sided fight for the top spot…but other than that everything else was very close with some great drives and great battles through-out the field.

    Also Perez & Grojean finally showed their true potential which was a huge positive and Lotus-Raikonnen really look like the real deal this season which is just great for the championship.

    Overall I would say things are interestingly poised before the European leg of the Championship.

  19. Perico said on 21st April 2013, 15:18

    7/10 Great battles, now I recall the first three laps between Rosberg Vettel and Alonso, then Button vs Perez and finally Webber/Hamilton/Perez/Alonso but there were a few more. I don’t rate it higher because the ridiculous amount of pit stops made the race really hard to follow.

  20. Kiki said on 21st April 2013, 15:20

    Sad to say that im done with F1 after 37 years.
    i no longer enjoy the racing, i loathe the drs system to the point where i turned off last week & tuned out today.
    the tyres are dumb, listning to drivers been told not to race & to run only to a pre determined lap time isn’t racing & isn’t what i enjoy watching.

    i had planned a trip to spa but have now called off that trip.

    all this artificial stuff & gimmicks have seen f1 lose a long time fan who’s brought tons of merchandise & attended a dozen races.

    goodbye & goodnight :(

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